Presenting in English (2) Fall 2019
This week we got started with our usual brilliant Word, Quote, and Joke of the Day before moving on to other things. The first of those other things was an interesting presentation about the introduction of Made to Stick. We talked about what made some ideas sticky and what we could to create that kind of "stickiness" in our presentations. Groups will continue presenting chapters of Made to Stick regularly. The group presentation schedule is linked here.
We went on to talk again about our Icebreaker presentations, which students will be presenting and uploading during Week 4. Please remember to upload your presentation to YouTube and post the link in our class Canvas discussion area before midnight Saturday, Sept. 28th. Also, please give thorough helpful feedback to two classmates as a comment to their uploaded speech link in Canvas before we meet Week 5.
We will meet as usual then and talk about some of the Icebreakers, go over some speaking techniques,and continue presenting chapters of Made to Stick. Please be ready when it's your group's turn.
See you in class!
Our second week of class went well, and it looks like we have a good group this semester. We started the session by listening to the instructor talk about one of his heroes, the late Dale Carnegie, who was a pioneer of American self-development education, creating hugely successful courses that taught businessmen and others how to build successful business relationships, connect with people, and speak in public.
Carnegie's books, How to Win Friends and Influence People, The Art of Public Speaking, and a later revision of that book after his death, The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking, are all very much worth reading and studying. They cover the most important skills in life: making connections and speaking with others. You can buy them everywhere, or Google them for videos or summaries of the main points.
Our first major speaking assignment, the Icebreaker, needs to be presented to an audience of at least three people and video recorded, then uploaded to YouTube. Please post the link to the class Canvas discussion site with the subject heading "Your Name/Icebreaker." Instructions are linked here, and more information from the Six Minutes Presentation Website is linked here.
You speech needs to be presented and the link needs to be posted during class week 4. The YouTube link should be posted to Canvas by midnight on Saturday, Sept. 28th. We will not have class that week and you may use the classroom to record your speeches during our regular class time or do it anywhere you want that week on your own schedule. But please be sure to present your Icebreaker in front of an audience of at least three people, which can include your camera person. Please show us your audience on camera before you begin your speech. As you speak, the camera should be focused on you and we should be able to hear and see you from the waist up.
After you have posted your link, before we meet again Oct. 2nd, please use the evaluation suggestions on the Icebreaker instructions to give thorough, helpful feedback to two classmates as comments to their speech links in Canvas. We will talk about some of the speeches and feedback when we meet Week 5.
After going over the instructions for the Icebreaker in class, we finished with impromptus by several students. Expect to do more speaking, along with talking about speaking, as we continue in class.
Our first day got off to a good start with students and the instructor getting to know each other a little. ProfJBH introduced himself and is excited to see and hear students introduce themselves in their first major assignment, the Icebreaker, which should be videorecorded and uploaded by Sept. 25th. We will talk more about that in class next week.
The second item on the day's agenda was demonstrating our regular daily routine for starting class with a Word, Quote, and Joke of the Day. Don't forget, someone needs to present those at the beginning of class each week. Please write the Word and Quote of the Day on the board or have them ready to go on the classroom computer when class begins on the hour. If one of these is your job and you are going to be absent, please find a replacement. If there is no replacement the week after you had one of these roles, it will be your problem (or pleasure) again. Instructions for the Word, Quote, and Joke of the Day are included below.
Word, Quote, and Joke of the Day
It's not hard to find a word of the day. Ask Mr. Google for "Word of the Day." some good sites include Merriam-Webster's English Learner's Word of the Day, the New York Times Word of the Day, and many others. Go to the main site, then find a Word of the Day. But remember, I want you to be selective and find a Word of the Day that you think is useful and unusual. Try to find a word that quite a few of us don't know, but also one that you think you may see again. It could be a conversational idiom or a high-level word that we don't already know.
For the Quote of the Day, you can google for a quotation anywhere you like or go to www.quotationspage.com. There, you will find quotations by authors from Einstein to Confucius (공자) on subjects from love and success to happiness and character. Please take a couple minutes to choose a quotation that is especially meaningful for you, and tell your classmates about the deeper meaning you see underneath the words. I suggest we use quotes that have a source connected, because in my experience, we often learn more about what a message means when we consider the source.
For the Joke of the day, I suggest you go to www.google.com and search for “ESL jokes” or “funny jokes” or “clean jokes” or something similar. I’m not a prude, but in a classroom setting I think we should keep the jokes publicly acceptable. It is also important to try to find jokes that are funny, but not too difficult for most of your classmates to understand. Reader's Digest often has some good ones (rd.com).
Remember, if you did the Word, Quote, or Joke of the Day, you have total power to pick the WQJ victim for the following week. If you forget to choose a replacement, or the person you chose does not show up for class, you will get another chance to show the class your W-Q-J presentation skills.
FOR NEXT WEEK:
Please get the book Made to Stick, by Chip and Dan Heath however you can. It's available on Kindle at Amazon.com or get a hard copy, but please do so fast. Pre-read and be ready to discuss the first unit ASAP. Student groups will talk about the highlights of the seven sections in the book week by week starting with the Introduction Week 3 (Sept. 18th). We chose units the first week of class. If you don't know when you are presenting a unit, find out soon.
You can also get a copy of Dale Carnegie's classic The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking. The instructor will go over highlights of this book in class, but reading it is a good idea.
Be ready next week to get started on our first speaking project, practice some impromptu speaking, and learn to upload presentation videos to the class discussion area.
See you in class!