Guidelines for short oral presentations

1. Any unknown vocabulary should be presented to the class before beginning the presentation (via-email or during the presentation). The presenting student will provide his or her classmates the students with a handout which includes the title of the presentation, a brief description and an outline, the name of the student presenting, and a vocabulary list. This handout must be discussed with your instructor before your presentation and must be distributed via E-mail two days before the presentation.

2. DO NOT READ THE PRESENTATION! You will have to memorize the presentation. You may only have a note card. If you do, you will loose points off your presentation.

3. You should have visual aids to present your topic, but be sure to use them wisely. Since you have taken the time to prepare them, be sure to use them correctly (i.e., show them and go over the visual aid with the students. Take your time!)

4. Prepare three of four questions to test your fellow students at the end of the presentation.

5. You should be prepared to answer the questions the students might ask at the end.

6. This should be a fun experience: think of interesting ways to present your material (pretend to be traveling through a foreign country while you present pictures of different points of interest in that country, do a dramatic monologue, a TV news editorial, a video, etc.); be creative.

7. Every word used, both in the oral presentation, should be in Spanish. If you are not able to find the meaning of a word in Spanish, substitute that word for another in Spanish. Do not use the word in English!

8. The presentation should be completed in the amount of time indicated by your instructor.

9. The presentation should be about a relevant or important topic and it should be related to Latin America or Spain in some way or another. This should be a learning experience for everybody!

10. All students presenting should attempt to incorporate in the presentation the grammar structures and the vocabulary discussed during the week of the presentation or during previous weeks.