English 3.5: Create anddeliver a fluent andcoherent oral text whichdevelops, sustains, andstructures ideasResource title: TeachingTimeCredits: 3Christine Wells
Introduction This assessment activity requires you to create and deliver a presentation to your class on an area in which you have knowledge or expertise. You will prepare and construct your presentation during a combination of class and homework time. Your presentation should be least six minutes, although if you are including facilitation activities, you will need more time. You will be assessed on how effectively you develop and link ideas in the structure of your presentation and how effectively you employ oral language features in its delivery.
TaskChoose a topicDiscuss your topic choice with your teacher to ensurethat it allows scope for you to develop, sustain, andstructure your ideas in a coherent presentation.Compile your ideasIdeas include thoughts, feelings, experiences, facts,opinions, and information. All of these could be relevantand utilised effectively in a presentation.• List all the ideas you could include within your area offocus.• Choose the ideas you think are the most interestingand the most important.• Decide on four or more subheadings you could use.• Put aside time to further research your ideas.
Structure your ideas and choose techniquesIn order to develop, sustain, and integrate your ideascoherently and effectively you will need to structure yourpresentation carefully before delivering it. Consider thesubheadings you have developed and decide on the bestorder in which to deliver your ideas. When doingthis, consider the following questions:• What does my audience already know?• How can I utilise this previous knowledge and build on it inmy presentation?• Are there any terms I need to define or explain to myaudience?• Are there any ideas that could use an image, adiagram, or a class activity to support and explain them?
Resources For each subheading you have developed, fill out the important ideas that are necessary to fully inform your audience. You should aim to build on the ideas in the subheading by adding comments, explanations, details, or examples. Ensure you make connections with other relevant parts of your presentation so that your audience understands how the separate ideas are tied together. Think about which oral language techniques would best communicate your ideas. Refer to Resource B for a list of oral language techniques. You may decide to use a presentation aid to enhance your lesson. Talk to your teacher about tools you could use. Refer to Resource A for a list of electronic tools.
Resource A: Handy toolsElectronic tools can be used to illustrate and supportyour oral presentation. Examples include but are notlimited to:• VoiceThread – an online, Flash-based tool thatallows you to string images and videos together andannotate them with sound and text. Easy to use.• Prezi – an online, Flash-based presentation tool. Ithas non-linear animations and can showrelationships with powerful layout control.• Cooliris – an online tool for compiling an imagewall. Users can zoom in and out from individualelements and do not need to follow a linearanimated path.
Resource B: Oral language featuresVerbal language techniques could include:• direct address to the audience• sound devices, such as alliteration• structures, such as deliberate repetition orrhetorical questions• choice of words and phrases, such as evocativeadjectives or puns• figurative language, such as similes• humour, analogy, or anecdotes• quotations and readings• personal pronouns or colloquialisms (ifappropriate to engage your audience).
Resource BBody language techniques could include:• gesture• facial expression• stance• eye contact• movement.Voice techniques could include:• pauses and emphasis• variety in pitch, rhythm, intonation, volume, orpace.
Practise and deliver your presentation You will be more likely to command your audience’s attention if you speak confidently and fluently. Consider practising in front of an audience to find out which parts of your presentation are the most engaging and interesting. Seek feedback on how well your use of oral language techniques creates effects and commands attention. Refine your use of techniques and/or add further techniques where appropriate. Deliver your presentation to your classmates.
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