Instructions for
Oral Presentations 
Spring 2004   Generation 20
Dr. Leon James, Instructor
Seminar on Driving Psychology

The Schedule of your Oral Presentations is accessible through the Class Home Page:

1) Read through the assigned material for your presentation, take notes, and think about it for a few days. Then discuss the content informally with someone. Explain what the main concepts are. See if you can define them without your notes. Note the reaction, and the comprehension or misunderstanding.

2) Now select 5 concepts or principles from the assigned material, ideas that you find worthwhile to consider.

For each concept you present:

(i) explain what is the concept, idea, or principle. Give a definition using your own words--do not quote the original. Along with the definition give an illustration or specific example of driving behavior.

(ii) explain how this concept relates to cultural and psychological aspects of drivers. Be sure to think about this ahead of time and be well prepared. Try to bring in psychology concepts from the book or your other courses.

(iii) explain how this concept or principle may be taught in driver education courses. Try to be very specific.

Note 1: You need to think about this ahead of time (talk about it with friends), and pick only those topics for which you can explain all three parts above.

Note 2: to get your full credit for this presentation, you must be sure to cover, for every topic, each of the three points specified above:  (i), (ii), and (iii).

3) Prepare an outline for your 20-min presentation. Your presentation must take at least 19 minutes, but no more than 22 minutes. So be sure you follow the clock as you present. Assign 4 minutes to each topic. Practicing and rehearsing is the key to feeling confident during the presentation. The audience will also appreciate it if you're well prepared.

4) Prepare a handout for class distribution. It should present your name, email, date, topic, original reference, an outline of the 5 concepts and the page number where they are each discussed, and some quotes to look at (optional).

5) Practice is key to giving a good presentation.  Do not read your notes--learn them so you can talk while looking at the audience. This is very important in terms of your grade. Look around the class as you talk. Do not talk to the instructor--look at the students and make sure you maintain rapport with the audience. Looking directly at people's faces is very important for rapport. Do not wear a cap with a visor that hides your eyes. Make sure your voice is very loud, louder than normal. This is very important.

6) Make outline notes for yourself, not full sentences, so you will be making up the sentences spontaneously as you talk. This helps you to stay in rapport with the audience. The skills you practice here are the same that will make you successful on your job.

How to be a good audience member
in a generational learning community
(5 points for your grade)

a) speak at least once in every class (it's a community responsibility)

b) look at the speaker and act like an audience (avoid looking down for long periods). This makes a big difference to the speaker.

c) give others a chance to speak if you have already spoken more than twice
d) make comments that address the specific topic

e) avoid making personally critical comments (this is a formal classroom setting but we all try to help each other as in a learning community)

e) send email to the speaker giving feedback from your perspective. The speaker has a strong interest in hearing from the audience--please do not disappoint that expectation. It's best to send your email the same day or the next.

Extra 3 Points (optional)

Upload a file called myoral.htm and put a link to it on your Home Page. Include in this file a title, a link to your Home Page, your oral presentation handout, the email you received but without the identifying name, and an explanation of your oral presentation experience. If you're interested, check out the detailed reports on oral presentation experiences written by G19 Students at:  409af2003   ||   409bf2003   ||   459f2003

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