Sunday, October 8, 2017


A Few Tips on Public Speaking.
  1. Practice. Many people fail at speaking in public because they don't practice before. Make sure that you know when you are going to use gestures.
  2. KNOW what you are talking about. Study the material and write it yourself, use your words.
  3. Introduce yourself and classmates.
  4. State your topic, and the main parts of your presentations. If necessary, state the purpose of your talk; persuade, inform, etc. 
  5. Make eye contact. It helps connect with your audience. Look at the audience, NOT at the presentation or the teacher. PowerPoint is a tool, NOT the center of your presentation.
  6. Control mannerisms. Your body language is very important. Don't put your hands in your pockets, or cross your arms... watch this video
  7. Enunciate. Speak clearly. NEVER worry about your accent; embrace it.
  8. DON'T read your presentation. That is sure way to lose the interest of your audience.
  9. Enjoy it. If you enjoy your presentation, your audience will too.

Thursday, October 5, 2017


Watch the complete TED Talk by Sheryl Sandberg. This the complete transcript. You can download it or read along as you watch.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

PowerPoint and putting people to sleep.

When was the last time you saw or did an interesting or exciting presentation? Was it creative? Are you creative? You are about to do your first real presentation in class. 

There is a certain level of expectations, after all, you are an Advanced English Student. However there are a few things that you have to take into account: 

When you do a presentation in PowerPoint, take this into account. There are so many PowerPoint presentations that are just absolutely boring. 
  1. So don't be boring. Here is a fun video that you can watch to get an idea of what to avoid. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

End of the Cassini Explorer

Image result for cassini photos

Read this, watch the videos and pictures. On your notebook, you will write a 300-word essay detailing your impression of this event based on what we saw in Brian Cox's TEDtalk, which I have included in full. 

I have also included his TEDtalk on CERN's Supercollider, which will definitely help you have a larger understanding of his passion for curiosity driven science and exploration.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Final Stretch

Well we are getting near the end. So we need to sharpen our skills. I have been asking you to open your mind to new possibilities. To begin with, I need you to read this article and take some notes. Where do you agree? Where do you disagree? Tell me.

Once you have done that go here and find out what you need to make awesome presentations. pay attention, there are some tactical tips as well. Then, tell me which slide & tactical tips you find most challenging and why. Remember that the idea is for you to take a chance on creativity.

Here are some more ideas to enhance your presentations.

As you know, your assignment was to go to the MAC (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo) and take extensive notes on your impressions, and how you feel about what you saw. We do not need a list of what they are showing there, or the history of the museum. We need you to open, both, your heart and mind. Your presentation will be precisely about that. I will need to see your notes. Remember that you can NOT type your notes into your phone so as not to get distracted. Again, this presentation is a VERY PERSONAL deal.Don't be afraid! Don't cheat yourself out of this experience. Avoid short cuts.

From the Journals of Keith Haring.

"I don't think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it." -Keith Haring

Now that you have read the post, and reviewed the links you will go to the comment section and leave an extensive comment on each question answering what has been asked.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

One of a kind museums

"Arte es la actividad mediante la cual puede reconstruirse el mundo, cuando el mundo ha desaparecido."
 -César Aira, Fragmentos de un diario en Los Alpes.

There are museums in nearly every city in the world. In such a wide range of offers, it is only natural to find unique museums and galleries dedicated to unusual subject matter. Wax Museums are a clear example of this. They have become a chain, and quite the tourist attraction. You can read a bit how Madame Marie Tussaud came to be known for her wax figures.

There are some museums that are far from being average; they are truly one-of-a-kind. These places can either represent a community, or cater to special interests.. 

For example, we have the MOBA. Read and find out about its origins and philosophy; then, look at their collection. 

Why do you think we need places that are so unique?

With the idea of the Techno Museum coming to Frankfurt, your assignment is an easy one today. Go on line, and find a one-of-a-kind museum that you would like us to know about. 

  • You will give your presentations in pairs. 
  • ONE more time I am asking you to be as unconventional as possible. 
  • Ask yourself how you can incorporate the subject matter of the museum into the dynamic of your presentation.
  • Presentations are to be mailed in before 6P.M. on Sunday.

Success is yours.