IE3 Seminar ICC: Lesson 13
In today's class, we finished up our unit on gender and culture, which mainly looked at violence against women and the misuse of "cultural practice" a justification to deny equality to women.
We moved onto our group presentations. We got the chance to listened to two excellent presentations; the first one on Amish culture and the other on Hispanic-American culture.
Next Week's Lesson:
In next week's lesson, we'll finished up with the other two group presentations and complete the course evaluations. In our last class, you'll get your last letter from your Cambodian partner (July 21).
Instead of our final test on the last day of class, I'll give you a take-home test. You'll have to answer two essay questions. I'll post them in the next few days, and you'll have almost two weeks to complete them.
1. Blog Comment #12
2. Presentation Preparation
Blog Question #12:
Choose one question to answer.
Question for today's presenters:
How did you feel about your presentation? What did you do well? What do you have to improve?
Question for today's audience:
What were three interesting points about each of the presentations?
7/12/2015 12:59:17 pm
Overall, I felt like I did better than I expected. Before and during the presentation, I was worried that my words might be difficult and complicated to understand. However thanks to the interactions of the listeners, nodding and looking at my eyes, I was able to keep on speaking without any worries.
7/12/2015 01:50:29 pm
Our group, Kohei and I didn’t have enough time to prepare the presentation, and we have so many points that we have to improve. I think that we needed to put in more time and effort in preparation for the presentation. In fact we had not finished the preparation until the day of the presentation, and obviously our presentation would be poor in many ways. In particular our pronunciation would be so unclear and we couldn’t speak fluently without too much pause and hesitation. And what was even worse, we had few eye contacts with the audience and we only read the note. And then we didn’t use gestures effectively and facial and vocal expressions naturally to emphasize some important points. After this presentation, I think that when I hold a presentation next time, I have to be careful of what I wrote above to make the presentation better. As people say that failure is the way to success, I want to consider this failure a good opportunity to step up.
7/12/2015 04:47:31 pm
I and Takahiro made the presentation about Hispanic American culture. I think our slides were comparatively good. We made our slides abstract so that it was easy to understand. However, we have many things to improve. Honestly speaking, we couldn't understand enough about its culture. For example, since we couldn't find enough information about cultural elements, we couldn't answer questions. In addition to that, we couldn't speak loudly and clearly enough so that it was very difficult for audience to understand what the important points was. To improve these things, I felt gestures were important. Before our presentation, we did practice reading the script but we didn't practice completely including gestures and eye contact. So after our presentation, I felt we had to practice more and more like holding a rehearsal.
7/12/2015 06:00:21 pm
On last week's class, I and Jumpei gave a presentation about Amish culture. I had not known about that culture at all, even heard of it before Nicole has gave us some examples of cultures for our presentations. We became interested in Amish since Nicole gave us a little bit of explanations about that culture, and we chose that one without hesitating. And I became more and more interested in as I researching.
7/12/2015 06:57:40 pm
Each presentations are very well organized and informative. They gave me a lot of new information about each culture. I was very interested in Amish culture as I have watched a movie about people in Amish culture. I couldn't believe that there are such people who wish to be humble and to live with no electricity. I wondered if there are some children who wouldn't wish to be so.
7/12/2015 07:48:12 pm
I enjoyed both presentations. They were clear and easy to understand. The Amish culture presentation was very interesting for me because I didn't know anything about it. I was surprised that there are people who live without modern technology. I cannot imagine myself living without my cellphone and laptop. I was also interested that Amish people don't like to communicate with others. I wonder there are anyone who wants to marry someone who is from other culture. I would like to know more about Amish culture. The presentation about Hispanic culture was interesting too. I thought Hispanic is one of the races. It was a great opportunity for me to know about other cultures which I didn't know.
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