Instructions for Oral Presentations
Oral 3

409a, 409b

Fall 2006  Generation 25
Dr. Leon James, Instructor

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The instructions for Oral 1 will be found here:
The instructions for Oral 2 will be found here:

Note: The instructions given for Oral 1 contain many of the details you need to know on how to make your oral presentations. You must consult those instructions for your Oral 3 as well. Oral 1 instructions also cover the 10 Outlines you must upload.

Oral 3 consists of a 10-minute report of a field experiment you must conduct and report to class.

1) Pick several concepts, ideas, principles, or diagrams from the assigned reading. Make notes about each.

2) Find a friend or other person who agrees to give you half an hour (or more) to teach them the meaning of the selected concepts, as covered in the assigned reading. Sometimes you may need to consult other pages or passages to complete the context in your mind. You may also need more than one person to do this with, or more than once with the same person.

3) Either tape record the exchange or take notes while the interaction is taking place, and after it's over, when your memory of it is still clear. Be sure to ask specific questions, and probe with follow-up questions, to make sure you are adequately representing their views.

4) Try to give them additional facts and considerations after their initial reaction, so they can address the specific points you want them to consider. You don't need to argue or make them change their mind, only to put the ideas before them in specific content so that they can react to it specifically. Use follow up questions to make sure they express their views fully.

5) In your oral presentation to class you need to report on what they said and how they reacted. You will also need to give your opinion or interpretation on why they said those things or why they reacted in a certain way about each concept.

6) State your overall assessment and conclusion of this field experiment. How does it help you understand the material of this course that you are supposed to assimilate in your understanding?

How You will Be Graded

  1. Did student follow all the steps specified in the instructions?

  2. Did student manage to be effective in obtaining the field data?

  3. Did student's selected concepts adequately represent the specific content of the assigned reading?

  4. Did student report sufficient details about the people's statements and reactions?

  5. Did student show evidence of being well prepared and organized?

  6. Did student talk loud enough for all audience members to hear?

  7. Did student give an adequate interpretation of the data?

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