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Some hints to improve your oral presentation skills

Today we went to the Computer room to  use the projector and listen to your  power point presentations of  the city outing. Only two groups managed to meet the deadline and finish the work. I know that some people had technical problems and other people were ill but next time you must organize your groups more effectively.Two groups did the presentation today, it was a good job but there are some things that can be improved. We learn from errors, don’t we?  here follow some hints:

Regarding the slides:

  • Check spelling. If you work in groups, a person can type and the others check that there are no spelling mistakes. The questions were in the dossier, so there is no excuse for making so many errors.
  • Follow the instructions. If the instructions say ” write a caption” , the task is not completed if you do not write a caption.
  • Do not copy things you do not understand.

Regarding the oral presentation:

  1. Introduce the topic and the group  to the audience.
  2. Keep eye contact
  3. A power point is a visual help to make what you want to say clearer to the audience, use it as a visual aid not as a book.
  4. A power point is not something you just “read”. Do not read all the time. There is no point in presenting a power point to an audience if you only read what is written in the slides.
  5. Be natural
  6. Make spontaneous comments. (it was a nice day! Look at that, Can you see…?, please, can we see the next slide?)
  7. Ask questions to the audience. ( do you understand? shall I repeat? is it clear? or any other questions that make your presentation more interactive)
  8. Practice pronunciation
  9. Use body language and point with your hands, cursor or pointer to the area or aspect of the slide you are commenting
  10. The way you present the information is as important as the slides
  11. You work in group, so every member must collaborate and pay attention to what is going on.
  12. Thank the audience for their attention and ask for questions or suggestions

The groups that have not done the presentation yet have an advantage. They can practice. Have these 12 points  in front of you and rehearse the presentation. Check that you follow the instructions.

Congratulations to the people who did it first and good luck  to the rest of you.

POST 74  HOMEWORK: copy the hints for a good oral presentation in your notebook and keep these hints in mind while doing the presentation. Practice with your group before Friday.

23 Novembre 2009 Posted by | deures, normes i acords, projects, sortides | , , | 1 comentari

Words: scrapes, skyscrapers, cities and wounds.

Hi everyone!

Learning words in the void is not fun, You remember the fun theory, don’t you?

Scrape……..  Does this word ring a bell?

What happened to our Molly the other day when she went roller blading?

She was talking on the phone and ……

She showed to you how she scraped her knee.

Skyscraper is a nice word, isn’t it? it has the word scrape in it too.

Anyway, we are learning about the city, and in our city there are not many skyscrapers.

1)What is the highest building in Palma you can think of? Do you know where the one in the photo is?

2)Do you like skyscrapers?

Scrapes are quite common among chidren, and skaters, and footballplayers..

3)When was the last time you had a scrape?  Do you remember?

Go to this site watch a short video on what to do when you suffer a scrape or a cut.

4) Did you learn any new word after watching the video? Was it difficult to understand?

Remember, words can appear in very different situations…

Sometimes they almost touch the sky...  and sometimes… hurt.


HOMEWORK:  Watch the video and answer the 4 questions posting a comment to the blog.

21 Novembre 2009 Posted by | lenguas, vocabulari | , , | 22 comentaris

Some images and questions to view and review what we did last Friday

You must answer the questions of this  power point  (slide share presentation) for Tuesday. Write the number of the slide and the answers. There’s no need to copy the question.

Congratulations for behaving so well last Friday! I see from your comments that you had a good time and learnt a lot of things, I did so too.  Hopefully tomorrow we’ll have a good time too.

Do not forget the dossier, the snack and something to drink.

See you tomorrow


15 Novembre 2009 Posted by | projects, sortides, Uncategorized | , , , | 2 comentaris

Some more ideas…. this time to keep the city clean



11 Novembre 2009 Posted by | sortides, video activity | , | 10 comentaris

Escalator or stairs? The theory of fun

Going up the stairs keeps you fit and it is good for your health, but it is so easy to go up the escalator, isn’t it?

At the Ramon Llull we have no option, no elevator neither escalator, only impressive stairways to keep us fit.

Let’s see if you like this idea, it was tested in Stockholm, a beautiful city with a modern underground system.

Can we get people to choose stairs instead of escalators by making them fun?

66% more than normal chose stairs over the escalators

Joy can change behaviors

They call it the theory of fun

on Monday we’ll go on a walk in the city and one of your tasks is to find ways to improve city life.

What do you think of this idea?  Do you believe the  theory of fun might work?


11 Novembre 2009 Posted by | sortides, treballs, video activity | , , | 18 comentaris

Excuse me……. can you tell me the way to……? Giving directions

On Monday, on our walk through Palma, you will have to do it yourself, so practice a bit during the weekend. Use the vocabulary in the dossier and watch this video a couple of times. It will help you with your pronunciation.


6 Novembre 2009 Posted by | video activity, vocabulari | , , | 6 comentaris

semàfors, semáforos, Ampeln traffic lights and their green and red little men

Bernat’s posts are really fascinating and intriguing.   On the 17th he wandered  if the little green and red men in the traffic lights got on well and he wrote “Jo crec que no es deuen dur gaire bé entre ells, perquè no estan mai plegats: quan apareix el vermell, el verd s’apaga, i viceversa”

I have found evidence that Bernat’s guesses were right. Watch this video of a  fight.

Who wins the fight?

What is the name that appears at the end?

Do you like it?

A new language has sneaked in our page. Who will find it?

Traffic Light Males

18 Octubre 2009 Posted by | blog quest, video activity | , , | 17 comentaris

First results of “old shops hunt”: Pep Toni’s contribution


Pep Toni is the first one to send photos of his “old shops hunt “. Congratulations! this is just a sample of his contribution. I have a sweet tooth, so I instantly recognised Can Frasquet.

Do you know what a “sweet tooth” is?

Does anybody else in the class have a “sweet tooth” too?

17 Octubre 2009 Posted by | treballs, vocabulari | , , | 5 comentaris

Another pedestrian crossing, this time a portable one.

zebraLaptops are not the only portable invention.

What do you think about this portable zebra crossing?

Would you feel safe using it to cross a busy street such as Les  Avingudes?

11 Octubre 2009 Posted by | lenguas, vocabulari | , , | 2 comentaris

City life on-line activities (1)

Pedestrian Crossing or Zebra Crossing? Both are correct.

Images help us remember words. Do you like this one?zebra

In September, we started our journey together PedestrianCrossingwith a walk in Palma, guided by Bernat and we learnt some interesting things about buildings in Palma. With Emili, during Spanish lessons, you investigated your sense of direction and you drew a map of the city to get from the Ramon Llull to the Cathedral. You also learnt how to use traffic signs to remember certain ortographic rules in Spanish and their differences with Catalan.Street Signs on Cones

We all talked about the pros and cons of bicycle lanes bicylehtand followed the new cycle tracks debate on the local press. In Catalan, you used your imagination to write about a city under heavy and persistant rain. With Sonsoles, Molly and María, you used Google earth to investigate towns from a different perspective zooming out to get a satellite view of the city.

Next Friday, with Bernat, you will  investigate another part of the city and,  in the coming  weeks,  we are going to carry on learning more things about the city around us.  During English lessons we are going to

  • zoom in and out city life.
  • use compass points to locate landmarks on a map
  • learn more vocabulary to talk about the things we find when we walk around the town
  • describe buildings, streets and city life
  • give and ask directions
  • find our way using a street plan
  • compare different cities, streets and neighbourhoods
  • identify landmarks and most popular citysights

To help you talk and write about your city we looked for  funny and varied on-line activities. images (3)

homework-704470-704529You must do all of them and write down in your notebook the new words you learn.

1.  Practice pronunciation of some basic city words

2.  Listening:  town directions

3.  Find your way in an American town and check the prepositions of place.

4.  Read this text about Springfield, Bart’s hometown and do the fill in the gaps exercise

5.  From an American city, to a typical English High Street. There are six different exercises in this address (reading, writing, and listening)  with plenty of vocabulary.

6.  Listen to a person giving directions in Barcelona and do the exercises.

This is the first set of on-line activities we posted in the blog. After doing the activities, we need your feed back.  Post your comments to these questions

  • Did you learn new words?
  • Is it helpful to have audio to learn pronunciation?
  • Did you find them difficult or easy?
  • Which ones did you prefer?
  • How long did it take you to do all of them?
  • Would you like to have more on-line activities grouped by topic on the blog?
  • Thank you for your feedback!

11 Octubre 2009 Posted by | exercicis, on-line exercicis | , , | Deixa un comentari