Seminar SkillsPracticeIstanbul Bilgi UniversityELT 145Presented by C.M. Herrington, MAA, MAT 1
Task 1: Initial preparation for the seminarIn groups of 3. Select a topic for your seminar discussion Possible Seminar Topics • Free education is an impractical dream Choose a controversial • People should not be allowed to …subject. It needs to be one • Globalization is only a threat to a small minority of individual cultures. that is of interest to the • Sport should play a far greater role inothers in our class and one school curricula. • The advance of information technology is they will be able to creating a less sociable society. discuss. For ideas on • Women should play the same role as men in the armed forces/ politics /business. seminar topic, see right. • Banning smoking in public places/schools infringes on human rights. • Or choose one of your own.. Some ideas are on Bilgi online. 2
Prepare an overview of the topicThis should be a summary ofthe main issues, as well as alist of discussion points for thegroup to consider.Alternatively, you might like topresent points on both sidesof the issue before opening itup to discussion by all theparticipants. 3
In groups (3), discuss the following advice for the seminar leader. Can you think of any further points to add? • You will have 20 minutes for the seminar, including: presenting the topic (max. four minutes), previewing the vocabulary, activities, discussion, summing up the discussion at the end. • Ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate in the discussion. • In order to keep the discussion going if there is silence, you will need to : build on what has been said before, ask a question, or invite a specific person to contribute. 4
What does “engagement” mean?• Engagement means, first, careful preparation of the reading. Students are strongly encouraged to come to class with their notes from reading (and, needless to say, the readings themselves) so they can refer to them during discussion.• Just as importantly, engagement means being willing to speak (to ask questions, to say what you think, to say what confused you, to say what you found convincing or unbelievable etc.), to question your perspectives, to receive fair criticism of your utterances (which are always subject to revision or clarification or reiteration).• Finally, engagement means being willing to hear the perspectives of your classmates and to question them; it means listening to the comments and presentations of your peers with open ears: ears that are attentive and critical. 5
Task 2 : Expectations • See page 126 Discuss the Appendix 9F. characteristics of a good seminar • This is what your will participant. use to give seminarYou can refer to Unit 2 leaders feedback.if you need to refresh your memory. 6
Task 3: Presentation Skills Discuss the following • Planning apresentation skills you presentationhave worked on during • Selecting and this course . organizing your ideas • Introducing your topic • Delivering a presentation clearly • Using visual aids 7
Task 4: Leading the Seminar This will take place at a Learning Diary- time to be arranged by youtube channelyour teacher. The allocated After you have led a seminar leader(s) will run seminar, reflect on the the seminar and the rest experience in your diary. of the class will participate. • How did you feel immediately afterwards? • What aspects did you feel satisfied with? • What aspects of managing a seminar do you feel you still need to work on? 8
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