Mini, on-the-job presentation = p7
The course (cours) Professional presentation in English is an opportunity to learn a fundamental and vitally important communication skill - that is, presentation in a professional setting and for professional purposes. The course provides a few basic sub-skills and notions. It also attempts to create a setting that is as professional as possible within a classroom environment. However, it is impossible to recreate the full richness and all the aspects of a professional setting in the classroom. This is one of the difficulties of making studies truly professional.
It is also one of the reasons for which you are required to do at least one presentation outside the classroom. This is p7. Here are a few details about your p7.
Spirit: Your p7 is a bridge between your in-class training and the professional world. In other words, your p7 will be part of you class grade, but it will be done outside class in professional setting. The spirit of professionalism will be an essential part of your p8, and this will help you to do an excellent presentation.
When: Before you do your final p9. You will be required to bring the p7 evaluation forms with you when you do your final p9. If you have not done your p7, then you will not be allowed to do your p9.
Where: One of the best places to do your p7 is at your internship workplace. However, you may also do it in any of the following: Town hall gathering; Activity club; Sports club; School (e.g., your old lycée or another); Local branch of an association (e.g., Amnesty, Greenpeace); Travel agency; Trade union; Evening class for adult learners; etc. Any place where 12 or more people are gathered to listen to you doing a prepared presentation.
Topic: Any topic is valid. This must be negotiated between you and your host organisation.
With whom: You must do your p7 with at least one other student friend, or with a work colleague. In other words the minimum number of presenters must be two. Maximum is four.
How many: The minimum number of people in the audience must be 12 (including the two evaluators). However, it is much better to have at least 20 people, and 50 or more is really good.
Evaluation: Make sure that you have the p7 feedback / evaluation form filled in by the people in charge of your presentation (at least 2 people). The contents of the form are provided below. However, you will be given a coloured paper printed form in class; you must use the paper form given in class
Preparation. Make sure that you make arrangements well in advance, and that you go to the presentation room to check equipment, setting, acoustics, feel, etc. Make sure that you find out about your potential audience (sex, age range, interests, professions, expectations, etc.). Preparation (including design) is a vital key to a good presentation. Practice your presentation at least 6 times in front of some people (friends, family, etc.).
Language: In the language that your audience will understand the best! This can be French, English or the language of the country in which you do the presentation.
Length: Minimum 15 minutes. Maximum probably not more than 40 minutes, unless it is more of a workshop or demonstration format, in which case, up to 2 hours is okay.
Structure: Introduction, Body, Conclusion, Q&A. As in class, with Q&A. Make sure that you do a good introduction. Establish a good relationship with your audience; do not talk about your topic; talk about yourself and the audience, about life, about the latest football results, or anything to help the audience relate to you.
Do not use the form below, but use the form that you are given in class, which will be a little different. The form below is for information only.
p7 feedback / evaluation form
FAMILY NAME ___________________________________ Given name ________________________
Student No ___________________ E-mail _________________________________________________
Studies ____________________________ Group _________ Date of presentation _________________
Mini on-the-job (outside) presentation – Year: _________
Follow the instructions on this sheet exactly. If necessary, help your director or person in charge to understand the English. Use thick black ink; write clearly. Never loose this sheet; no sheet, no grade. You must use at least one original sheet in coloured paper. You may use French or English. Write clearly - illegible writing will be considered as zero writing. You need at least 2 evaluators; 3 is better. At end of year bring: these 2 or 3 evaluation sheets and the presentation hand out (6 slides/page, b&w).
To be filled in by the student
Title of presentation
Other people in your presentation group: Number ___. Names
Audience profile: Number _________. Age range ____ to ____. Average age ___.
Preparation: Hours ____. Number of practice runs: on your own ___, with an audience ___.
Presentation: Date ___________. Start time ____h___. Allocated length ______m. Real length _____m.
To be filled in by the director or evaluator or person in charge
Thank you for agreeing to allow the students to do a professional presentation. Your contribution to their development is much appreciated. Please evaluate their presentation using the following criteria.
Peace and survival of life on Earth as we know it are threatened by human activities that lack a commitment to humanitarian values. Destruction of nature and natural resources results from ignorance, greed, and a lack of respect for the Earth's living things... . It is not difficult to forgive destruction in the past, which resulted from ignorance. Today, however, we have access to more information, and it is essential that we re-examine ethically what we have inherited, what we are responsible for, and what we will pass on to coming generations. Clearly this is a pivotal generation... . Our marvels of science and technology are matched if not outweighed by many current tragedies, including human starvation in some parts of the world, and extinction of other life forms... . We have the capability and responsibility. We must act before it is too late. Tenzin Gyatso the fourteenth Dalai Lama.