December 01, 2021 Homework

The next three classes this month (12/08, 12/15, 12/22) will be joint sessions with other classes. These classes will be held remotely on Zoom, so DON'T COME TO THE CLASSROOM on those days. Check your email and WebClass for the schedule of presenters on those three days.

Some students are late in handing in the first drafts of their presentations. Send them as soon as possible.

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

Use a good microphone.
Make sure your room is quiet.
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.
Don’t read off a small screen like a smartphone. Print it on paper in a large font.

November 17, 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.

We practiced linking and stress on November 17th, and we will do it again next time on December 1st. 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

November 10, 2021 Homework

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.

The average length of the presentation should be about ten slides, and for each slide you should speak about 50 to 100 words. 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.

October 27, 2021 Homework

The next class will be on November 10th.

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

You can review the video lecture about Lincoln and Kennedy. The video is here, and the transcript and exercises are here. In the next class you will write a summary and practice giving a spoken summary of the lecture.

October 20, 2021 Homework

Begin work on your final project: a presentation about a famous person in history. The deadline for the first draft is November 17th. In December, we will perform the presentations in front of students from another class, so it is important that you prepare your presentation quickly.

Use the Summary Writing Guide. We will use this in future lessons, so bring a hard copy of it to the classes.

There have been two homework assignments so far. The first was a summary of the lecture about informal and formal language. The second was a summary of the differences and similarities between African and Asian elephants. If I haven't checked your homework, give it to me soon.

October 13, 2021 Homework

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.

Download the transcript and exercises for the lecture about two types of elephants. 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 Homework

1. Download the transcript and exercises for the video about formal and informal language. Do the summary on page 7. We didn't finish it last week, so this is the homework again.

2. Decide the subject of your presentation and begin work on it now.

September 29, 2021 Homework

1. Download the transcript and exercises for the video about formal and informal language. The link goes to the revised and corrected version of the transcript, so don't use the version you downloaded before. Write your original summary on page 7. Don't copy the example of a summary on page 8. Look at page 8 after you finish your summary.

2. Choose the subject of your final presentation (about a famous person in history).

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

September 22, 2021 Homework

1. Download the transcript and exercises for the video about formal and informal language.

2. Practice reading aloud of the speech about formal and informal language. Use this video to practice. After you listen to the teacher's voice reading it, turn off the audio and read the text in the video. Try to read at a normal pace in a strong voice with stress variation and linking of words.

3. Choose the subject of your final presentation (about a famous person in history).


Faculty of Social Innovation, Seijo University, Tokyo. Instructor: D. Riches 2021/12/01