First of all, my congratulations to Adelaida, Angela, Carolina, Eva, Julia, Lydia, Natalia, Pablo, Paloma and Raul for having made it into the next stage. Cristina may join the group and, who knows? perhaps some others. You have all been working hard and I am truly sorry for those who haven’t managed but deserved to make it. I know it sounds like a cliché, but you’ll get there in the end. So, stiff upper lip, have a rest and then start afresh in September-October, or when you feel up to it.
Tips for the Oral Presentation
Now we need to move forward and think of the Oral Presentation, which we have been practising for some time, have been doing today and will be doing more in the next couple of days.
Here is what your colleagues Cati, Bego & Andrea advise you.
Appearance & Body language
- Try to wear neutral colours.
- If you wear make up, don’t wear too much.
- Don’t wear uncomfortable shoes or clothes that reveal you are nervous or sweating.
- Move around the class- don’t lean on the table or the wall behind you.
- Smile and look at your audience (i.e. the members of the panel)
- Be self-assured: believe in what you are saying. Prepare your speech, but do not learn it by heart like a parrot: show good preparation but also understanding of the terms and issues you are talking about.
- Write down what you are going to say during the 20 minutes and practise at home. Record yourself to see the way you move your body and arms.
- Regarding the actual presentation: introduce yourself, the year you are presenting- justify why you chose that year; be confident but not arrogant and be prepared to defend any criticism from the panel.
- Use an outline or a mind map – something simple: 6 main ideas (legal framework, methodology, evaluation and assessment…) including the points of the syllabus and point at them to follow the presentation.
- Show that you understand the key element in your syllabus: your students. Bear in mind their age, cognitive development, likes, dislikes, typical problems and interests, etc. and how you engage the students with topics which interest them
- Use new technologies and innovative activities and approaches
- Set realistic objectives
- Try to be natural and move around like you usually do in a class: from the table to pick up visuals and show to the examiners, to the blackboard to point at some of the aspects you may be referring to while explaining the activities and towards the examiners to show and give them the activities too.
- If possible, use a REAL project from the students in the High school.
- Use visuals too. They will see how you really work in your class with your students. They will see how you teach and explain things.
- Talk about the use of ICTs and Connectivism. (Remember topics 1 & 2 from Section 1 in the Foundation Course)
- Talk about evaluation and rubrics.
At the end you thank them for listening and say you are happy to answer any questions they may have.
Remember what we have been practising and commenting on in class and you’ll be fine! With my very best wishes to you all.