I've returned all of your presentation outlines. Make sure you correct your outlines, and add more information, before our presentations.
In our discussions today, group leaders made improvement in giving their summaries and opinions. I'm glad that you're checking understanding more often now. In your discussions, they're still not long enough -- less than 15 minutes. This means that there isn't enough conversational style. When someone make a comment in your group, it's important to ask follow-up questions.
Follow-up questions ask for more information about the speaker's comment. Each group member should ask a follow-up question after they hear a comment from one of their group members.
To help you deliver your presentations next week, we learned about gestures and voice inflection.
Non-verbal language (body language) is just as important (or even more important) than the spoken word. To demonstrate this, I gave a short explanation in French. When I gave my explanation without gestures, NOBODY understood what I said. However, when I supported it with gestures, all of you could understand the main idea of my explaination.
There are four types of gestures:
a. number / sequence
b. illustration / location
c. emphasis / focus
Before the end of our lesson, we went through the guidelines for making your poster for your presentation. You'll need to use photos, pictures, drawings, maps, etc. on your poster and have an attractive titles. You can use key words and phrases, but don't use sentences and/or paragraphs.
1. Discussions (last one)
2. Blog Post #10
3. Complete your poster
Blog Question #10:
Do you think your English skills have made progress this semester? Why or why not? Give examples.