December 1, 2021 Homework

The next three classes this month (12/15, 12/22 and 01/12) will be joint sessions with other classes. Go to room 711 on those days. Check your email and WebClass for the schedule of presenters on those three days.

Remember the advice given in class today when we practiced some of the presentations:

Speak in a loud, strong voice.
When you are an audience member, ask questions about content, or about the presenter's opinion about the subject.
The presenter can also ask questions to the class.
Prepare vocabulary explanations.
Check pronunciation of difficult words.
Practice reading your script many times and remember it as much as possible. Challenge yourself to make the presentation ad lib, without a script.
Don’t read off a small screen like a smartphone. Print it on paper in a large font.

November 10, 2021 Homework

There will be no class on November 24th. The next class will be on December 1st. Finish the first draft of your final project: a presentation about a famous person in history. The deadline for the first draft is November 17th. On December 1st, we will start practicing the presentations in class.

The average length of the presentation should be about eight to ten slides, and for each slide you should write about 50 to 100 words of narration in the notes section of the slide. Don't put too many words in the slides, but be sure to put a few key words in each slide to help your audience understand. Make the text bold and large enough for your audience to see it clearly. Send the PowerPoint file to the teacher by email as an attachment file.

To do your presentation well, you need to practice it many times before you perform it in the classroom. You can use these videos to develop your speaking skills:

How to Relax Your Accent Part 1: Consonant to vowel linking  

How to Relax your Accent Part 2: Consonant Linking

How to Relax Your Accent Part 3: Vowel Linking

Imitation Technique

October 27, 2021

You can download the transcript of the video that we studied in class on October 27th. The video is here.

The next class is on November 10th. The deadline for the first draft of the presentation is November 17th.

October 20, 2021

If you want to review the presentation about the film JFK, you can download a pdf file of the presentation here.

Begin work on your final project: a presentation about a famous person in history. The deadline for the first draft is November 17th.

Study the Summary Writing Guide and use it to write a summary of the lecture about Kennedy and Lincoln. The deadline for this homework was October 20th. Send it as an attachment file by email, or bring a hard copy to the next class.

October 13, 2021

If you want to review the presentation about the film JFK, you can download a pdf of the presentation here.

Begin work on your final project: a presentation about a famous person in history.

Study the Summary Writing Guide. We will use this in future lessons. Use the summary writing guide to write a summary of the short lecture about two American presidents. Use the notes on page 9 of the transcript and exercises. Submit your summary by October 20th (handwriting or Word document, make it double-spaced so the teacher can add changes to it).

Download the transcript and exercises for the lecture about two American presidents. Use this video to practice reading the lecture aloud.

Review the two videos we watched about how to use a teleprompter to practice reading aloud:

1. How a Teleprompter Works

2. How to Use a Teleprompter

This is a link to a teleprompter you can use on a computer (in a browser, with an internet connection).

This is a link to free teleprompter software that you can install on your computer. There are also many teleprompter apps that you can find for Apple and Android tablets and smartphones.

October 6, 2021

The transcript of the short lecture about two American presidents. You can use this video to listen to the lecture again and practice reading it aloud.

September 29, 2021

Download the transcript and notes for the next lecture in our health series. Video: What Happens When You Eat Too Much Sugar? The transcript is here.  Read only pages 1-4. The words in bold font are words that you might need to check in a dictionary.

Decide the subject of your presentation.

The next class will be held on the campus on October 6th.

September 22, 2021

Download the transcript and notes for the lecture we studied on September 22nd: Placebos. Prepare to give a spoken summary of the lecture during the next class. If you want to listen to it again, this link goes to the audio file.

Choose the subject you are going to study for your final project.


Faculty of Social Innovation, Seijo University, Tokyo. Instructor: D. Riches 2022/01/12