5CLIN TedTalk Presentations

I devised the following activity in 2014 with my senior class and since it proved a huge success among the students, I’ve put it forward with my Linguistico senior class who accepted it willingly. Once a week three students present to the rest of the class a TED Talk of their choiceThis activity is meant to make them improve their competence of public speaking and their oral skills for the final exam.  By Wednesday 5.pm. they are required to post the link of the chosen TedTalk video in a Google shared documentso that everybody can watch it and come to class ready to ask a question. 

ASSIGNMENT: During your presentation – max. 10 minutes:

    1. Introduce the Speaker
    2. Introduce and summarize the main ideas of Talk (you can use a Power Point uploaded onto Google Drive or Google slides or Prezi or Emaze)
    3. Show an excerpt (max 2 minutes)
    4. Express your personal point of view on the topic (critical sense and thinking).
    5. The teacher & schoolmates will ask you questions – 5 minutes after your 10 m’ speech.

Here are the links to the TedTalks websites. If you’ve got an iPad, there’s also the App TedTalk with subtitles.

http://www.ted.com/playlists/129/ted_under_20  by teenagers.  

http://www.ted.com Official website.


NOW, WRITE YOUR NAME & TITLE OF TEDTALK, paste the link of the video and of your presentation in the Padlet I’ve just created. This way they’re all shareable & visible by the “commissario esterno”, as a sort of class Portfolio for the exam. 

I must tell you that I’m enjoying your presentations very much and I’m very proud of you all, as I’m completely aware of the tremendous improvement you’ve made in these four years together. Even the shiest ones among you, have surprised me and the whole class, while you were talking with self-confidence and enthusiasm about something that sparked your curiosity and was, therefore, meaningful and relevant to you since not chosen by the teacher 🙂  Some topics were totally new to me and I’ve discovered new lands and learnt new things, which is what I love the most about my job.

So, thank you and … keep it up 🙂

Joyce 3: Ulysses

CHALLENGE: Now, why should we read Joyce’s Ulyssses and why is it such an innovative novel in the universal history of literature? Watch the following TEDED Video and take notes. Then report in class.

NEXT SESSION IN CLASS: we’re going to experience the Stream of Consciousness. Hope you’ll have some fun 😉  Now you can listen to Molly Bloom’s last 50 lines of her famous Ulysses monologue. Angeline Ball in her IFTA Award winning role as Molly Bloom from the film Bloom (2003 Irish film written and directed by Sean Walsh)

E ora una perla dal programma Totem di Alessandro Baricco. Stefania Rocca interpreta il monologo di Molly Bloom, di cui riesce ad esaltare la musicalità (e la passione) con inserti del testo in lingua originale e la sottolineatura ritmica dell’orchestra di scena. Nella preparazione si intuisce la regia di Baricco.

I’d like to end this post on Joyce with Stephen Fry’s short One Minute Book Review Video of the novel Ulysses. “I’ll tell you the book I have chosen as my favourite book. And it may make some people’s heart sink, because it is associated with difficulty, where in fact it should be associated with joy…” “It is to me the most perfectly written book. Or perhaps the second most perfectly written book. But this book is deeper, richer and wider.” “I have no idea what it’s like in Dutch, I can’t imagine how you would translate it. But if your English is good enough, read it. And you’ll be astonished by how beautiful it is.”