12 DP English B
As your final internal assessment you are required to give an individual oral commentary. You have warmed up for this, now is the the real thing. It will be approximately ten minutes in length and it is divided into three parts. Each part tests different skills and each part is equally important. It will be recorded and externally moderated.
The topic deals with an issue centered in one of the target English cultures/countries: USA, CAN, UK, SA, INDIA, SG, AUS, NZ. The specifics of the topic are up to you.
Part 1: Presentation
This gives you the best opportunity to demonstrate your language use because you:
• choose you own topic, something specific which gives you the opportunity to show complex thinking.
• have time to prepare
• may use brief notes. You should use no more than 10 brief points as talking notes.
• give a 3–4 minute presentation.
• select a topic that gives insight into or information about some aspect of the culture of the language studied
Example: Language B English
Inappropriate. It is too broad and it has no specific connection with a Spanish-speaking culture.
Topic: Football in Australia
Satisfactory. It allows you to speak on the culture of a English-speaking country though it is still very broad and it could lead to a descriptive presentation that is not likely to result in complex ideas or reflection on the culture.
Topic: The influence of money on football in Australia
Better. This will require the student to show complex thinking skills and to explore an aspect of the culture.
Topic: Has money had a bad effect on the quality of football in Australia?
Even better. There is a very tight focus that demands reflection on an English-speaking culture and you are certain to show complex thinking in exploring the question and giving an opinion.
Needs For Thursday Jan 12;
- Target Country and topic
- Article, news piece, essay, report piece of substantial outside media (English language) that is directly related to your chosen topic and can be used as a basis (something you can refer to) for your oral discussion. If it is a written text, please print it out and give it to me. If it is a non written text, please provide the title of the piece and URL (address). This “base text” will be very important to you and to me. You will use it a a springboard for your speaking and I will use it as a springboard for asking questions. Choose wisely.
- Please place your topic in the comments section of this post. Use your real name. One comment per student. Do not double up please.
Part 2: Follow-up questions
This section tests your listening and interactive skills on a prepared topic.
Part 3: General discussion
This section tests your ability to interact spontaneously under authentic interactive conditions.
You should be familiar with the assessment criteria. You will have only one chance to record the individual oral. The date fixed for the oral may be renegotiated to accommodate adverse circumstances such as ill health or bereavement. However, once it is recorded, you are not allowed to redo it. It is acceptable to prepare for the individual oral through regular in-class practice sessions. However, such practice sessions should not be conducted as “dress rehearsals” in which you present the same topic and the teacher ask the same questions, as in the actual individual oral.
What makes a good presentation?
The presentation should include: idea, justification and details
Some important elements
A general statement of the topic / thesis. A question can also make a good introduction.
A clear outline of the topic (that is the logical sequence of the content).
(Such as: first, secondly, finally; one point of view is…; on the other hand…)
A clear ending
This should link back to the topic/thesis.
It may answer a question that has been raised.
It may give an opinion on the topic.
The effective use of voice
Must be clear.
Use varied modulation.
Proceed at a suitable pace.
Use appropriate language/vocabulary (conversational but not slang), and idiomatic expressions.
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