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December 20th lesson

Dear students,
Today you will prepare for your final presentation in January. You may present about anything you want so long as it is well researched, has an element of critical thinking, and is over five minutes in length. This presentation is worth 30 points. If some of you slip up on this day, you may not get the "A" that you have been on course for. More worryingly, even if some of you do quite well in your final presentation you still may not pass. You have been warned!
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

December 6th lesson

Dear students,
Today you will prepare your speeches for the following week's presentation on gender. You should make sure that your slides are clear and that you use them to make your presentation understandable. Your teacher will check your map, speeches, or slides, if you wish.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

November 29th lesson

Dear students,
Your fourth topic is gender. Before you start preparing your next presentation, you will try to discover the gender of your brain with an activity that you should print out and bring to class:
What gender is your brain?
After this has finished, please work in pairs or alone. If you are a pair, you should work together and present about the same topic. Show me your map, storyboard slides and English, if you wish. Your speech will be in two weeks time, so there will be plenty of time to get ready. Here is a checklist of things that you should remember about presenting:
make lots of eye contact to your audience (If you ignore them, they will ignore you.)show charts, images, and mapsexplain your slides welldon't read your slidesdo your researchthink criticallybe interestingshow enthusiasm for your topic Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

November 15th lesson

Dear students,
Today you will prepare your speeches and slides in order to present about globalization the following week. Your presentation information should be new to the audience, well researched, interesting, and contain a critical thinking element. You may bring your computer to class to make your slides or write your speech if you wish.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

November 8th lesson

Dear students,
For many of you, your second presentation was better than your first, so congratulations!
There are a few points I would like to mention. First, some of you are perhaps trying to say too much in too little time. You only have three minutes or so, so it is difficult to say much. Keep it simple and let the slides do the talking. Two or three slides per minute is fine. Secondly, if you don't engage with the audience with your eyes, you will fail to impress, so please use your eyes to communicate.
Remember these points:
new
interesting
researched
critical thinking
eyes
length of speech
clear, error-free slides
professionalism
Thank you!

Today, you will talk about globalization, so please download and bring the slides to class.
globalization 1
(You may notice some bias in this text. Please think critically as you read!)
globalization 2
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

October 25th lesson

Dear students,
Today you will present about human rights in groups of three. You should talk for at least three minutes per person. You will be assessed on content (new, interesting, researched, critical thinking) and delivery (eye contact, length, professionalism, enthusiasm).
The quality of your slides is also important, so please make them clear and error free.

Presentation Feedback Form

Presentation feedback Results

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

October 18th lesson

Dear students,
Today you will study about human rights. First you will shadow your partner using the Universal Declaration of Human Rights download below:
http://www.eflclub.com/rikkyo/humanrights3.pdf
After that you will choose one of the articles of the UDHR to research in detail. You may report on a specific case if you wish. For example, see below:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/people/features/ihavearightto/four_b/all_rights.shtml
Or you may pursue your own research.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin
PS.
1) Your introductions are important; They tell the audience what you will talk about.
2) Remember to research well and think critically. When you present, you will talk for three minutes minimum, give lots of eye contact, have clear informative slides, and show professionalism at all times.

October 4th class

Dear students,
Today you will deliver your first presentation about the media. Please remember to do your research, think critically, and to say something new and interesting. If you do so, your group will earn 4 points each. Individually, you should speak for three minutes or more to earn three points, and you should make regular eye contact with the audience to earn another three points.
You will have about twenty minutes to prepare. Your presentations should use presentation software so please don`t forget your thumbstick, and you should have a back up, too. For example, you could keep a copy of your file on the university server.

Please use the online form below to provide feedback to your classmates. You may write in English or Japanese and your comments should help your fellow students to learn and improve.

Presentation Feedback Form

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Welcome to Chris Elvin's Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus Presentation Blog

Dear students,
Welcome to presentation class. Please read the course outline below.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

English Presentation I (Autumn, 2016)
Day / Time: Tuesday Period 1 Contact:      chriselvin@gmail.com Class blog: http://www.elvinpr.blogspot.jp
Course Description & Objectives This course is designed primarily to improve students’ presentation skills and thereby to develop their integrative English language proficiency.In spring the goal is to acquire basic presentations skills, including how to organize a presentation, supporting arguments with evidence, effective use of visual aids, and aspects of delivery such as eye contact or gesture.  Students base their presentations on the basic patterns taught and learn to speak from notes. More skilled students make longer persuasive presentations as the term progresses.  The class is conducted in English.
Course Schedule:
Week 1       (September 20th)   Orientation and Topic Selection Week 2       (September 27th)   Presentation Skills …

July 5th lesson

Dear students,
Today is a preparation lesson for your final 5-6 minute presentations which will be held on July 12th and July 19th. You should plan to speak for longer than five minutes, but no longer than six. Everyone should be ready on the 12th, and your names will be called out at random. Those who are not ready when called to present will incur penalty points.
Your topic for your final presentation is countries, which includes historical or fictional nations if you wish. Remember to be new and interesting, to research well, and to think critically. A maximum of thirty points can be awarded for your final presentation, so please make sure to do a good job.
For delivery, you will be assessed on length (5-6 minutes), eye contact, English expressions, and your presentation slides.
For these talks, there is no need to give feedback; just listen, watch and enjoy.
Thank you to those who gave careful and considerate feedback online.

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newinterestingresearchedcritical thinking Delive…

June 14th lesson

Dear students,
Today you will deliver your third presentation, which is on technology. From now on the assessment will be holistic (which means it will be judged on many things).
Here are a few guidelines:

Preparation:
Be well prepared.
Plan your speech with a map or outline.
Organize your slides.
Show eye-appealing visuals.
Avoid spelling mistakes on your slides.
Convert any Japanese information to English.
Have a back up (for example; Google drive, and a thumbstick).
Be familiar with the equipment that you plan to use.

Content:
Research  your topic.
Think critically.
Say something new and interesting.

Delivery:
Have a professional and positive attitude.
Give much eye contact.
Demonstrate fluency of English by not reading.
Speak clearly, with correct grammar and appropriate vocabulary.
Explain graphs or charts well.

Good luck!
Chris Elvin

Feedback to your classmates

Dear students,
Your presentations have been very good, but unfortunately they are taking more than one lesson to complete. Therefore, from now on, please leave feedback online using the form below. You will be able to read the responses once you have completed the form. (People who don't submit a form will not be able to see the responses).You should submit your form every time you give feedback to a student.

Presentation Feedback Form

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin
PS. The paper feedback that you wrote last week in class should be transferred to the form above.

June 7th lesson

Dear students,
Today you will start preparing for your third presentation. The topics to choose from are communication, environment, technology, and values.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

May 31st lesson

Dear students,
Today is the day that you will deliver your second presentation. Please read the previous post for details if you have not already done so.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

May 24th lesson

Dear students,
Today you will prepare for your presentation about social isssues that you will deliver on the 31st of May. The grading for this presentation will be five points for how well you explain your visuals, and five points for delivery. You should speak for at least three minutes, and use eye contact often with the audience.
Let me check your slides today. I may be able to offer some advice.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

May 17th lesson

Dear students,
Today you will learn how to explain visuals, so please bring three different types of visuals to class. You may bring a bar chart, a line graph, a diagram, a flow chart, a pie chart, an illustration, a map, or even a photograph.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

May 10th lesson

Dear students,
Today will be the day you deliver your first presentation on education. You will be assessed on content ( a holistic score for the whole group - remember to say something interesting ), and delivery. You will be assessed individually for delivery (speak for three minutes minimum, don't read, make regular contact with your audience ).
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

April 26th lesson

Dear students,
Today you will, as a class, choose the same broad theme from: communication, education, social issues, environment, technology and values. Once the theme is chosen, please narrow down the topic within your group. You will be in five groups of four. Draw an outline, use presentation software, and practice your speeches.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Welcome to Chris Elvin's Presentation Class - Rikkyo Ikebukuro Campus

English Presentation I (Spring, 2016) Chris Elvin
Day / Time:Tuesday Period 1 Contact: chriselvin@gmail.com Class blog: http://www.elvinpr.blogspot.jp Classroom:X103 Class Code:FK309
Course Description & Objectives This course is designed primarily to improve students’ presentation skills and thereby to develop their integrative English language proficiency.In spring the goal is to acquire basic presentations skills, including how to organize a presentation, supporting arguments with evidence, effective use of visual aids, and aspects of delivery such as eye contact or gesture.  Students base their presentations on the basic patterns taught and learn to speak from notes. More skilled students make longer persuasive presentations as the term progresses.  The class is conducted in English.
Course Schedule:
Week 1(April 12th)Orientation and Topic Selection Week 2 (April 19th)Presentation Skills Overview Week 3 (April 26th)Topic I Week 4 (May 10th) Presentation I (10 points) Week 5 (May 17th)Topic …