Welcome to the class webpage for English 3B, the purpose of which is to further enhance your presentation skills. Students should expect to complete this course with a firm grasp of skills to make presentations in English.

As you will readily understand, we have an ambitious syllabus for you to enjoy. While you will certainly be busy with all your other exciting classes, it is of utmost importance for you to devote sufficient time and effort to this course. Homework, for example, should be finished on time. Presentations should be rehearsed until you are fully confident in your masterpiece.

 Course Objectives 

The purpose of this course is, of course, to equip you fine students with the skills to go out into the wide, wide world and use English. Using the textbook pictured to the right, we will be practicing and practicing this year, so expect to be busy in (and for) our class.

 Weekly Classes 

Welcome back, Gentle Students, and I certainly hope you enjoyed your summer vacation. From here through the dash that we call "Autumn Term", I ask you to devote yourselves wholeheartedly to the various tasks you will encounter in our class.

In the midst of several goals, our primary two this fall will be to (A) conduct poster sessions, and (B) become proficient in multiple-speaker presentations. Thus, with no further ado, let us embark on the former goal, which begins with an idea and the ensuing abstract.

 Week 1 (September 21, 2016) — Term Introducation 

This fall we will we will talk some about the oral components of public speaking and making presentation. We will also look some at our textbook and work some on Unit 1, which deals with audience analysis.

We will also devote some time to improving fluency, Gentle Students. Today that means working with a topic very germane to your lifestyle and your academic major. Specifically, this means how to avoid surveillance on that phone in your pocket or backpack. This comes to you courtesy of TED Talks and Christopher Soghoian.


  • ✔ Plan upcoming presentation (Week 3)
  • ✔ Text — Prepare Unit 3, Japan's Global Responsibility
  • ✔ Consider what topic you would like to use for your (your group's) poster session.

 Week 2 (September 28, 2016) — Writing Proposals & Abstracts (2)  

Our second class will be devoted some basics of writing abstracts.

In our textbook we will be looking at Unit 3, the topic of which is Japan's global responsibility.


  • ✔ Assign first presentation (Class 4).
  • ✔ Assign the mid-term presentation (Classes 8-9).
  • ✔ Text: Do Section OO on page OO.
  • ✔ Prepare presentation outline and PowerPoint (due in Class 3).

Here we have a lengthy and very informative talk by Sadako Ogata titled US-Japan: Global Responsibility and Development Assistance. Dr. Ogata was the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees and has served as a diplomat for many years.

One opinion is that Japan has a duty to uphold global order

As you may be aware, the civil war in Syria has resulted in a huge number of refugees that will, of course, need to resettle somewhere. Japan has been quite reluctant to accept refugees to this point, however, a reality that arguably could and should change. In this September, 2015, article from The Diplomat, Mina Pollmann suggests that Japan has a larger role to play in the current refugee crisis.

 Week 3 (October 5, 2016) — Writing Proposals & Abstracts (2)  

Our third class will be devoted to further understanding abstracts and, more germaine to this class, conference proposal abstracts.

In our textbook we will be looking at Unit 3, the topic of which is Japan's global responsibility.

Here we have some abstract examples from one language teaching journal. Not to be outdone, here are a handful of examples from math and computer science journals.

 Week 4 (October 12, 2016) — Presentations  

Today you will be making a presentation in front of a small group (out of the three groups in our class). One facet that you will include is a Q&A time, for which you should be prepared.

As was required in the first term, you are required to complete a critique for each of your presentations this term. Lest you need some refreshing, here are the various critique files from last term.

 Critique links: 


  • ✔ Prepare Unit 4, Social Networking
  • ✔ Write a critique of your presentation (hand in next week, October 19)

 Week 5 (October 19, 2016) — Multiple-Speaker Formats  

Building on material from Units 4 and 8, in this class we will examine aspects of presenting in a group. As you may well already be aware, this is a very common situation and one that you will certainly be involved with as you collaborate on research in the future.

Let's spend a bit of time on some fluency work today. Here we have an interesting talk by Janet Iwasa on using animation to test hypotheses, which is very similar to some work that we do right here at Meiji.

A second area that we will address today is critical analysis, by which I mean actively evaluating presentations or speeches. The purpose, of course, is for you to practice being an articulate, thoughtful consumer of presented material. Let's again look at Dr. Iwasa's talk ...


  • ✔ Hand in your self-critique of your October 21 presentation. Remember you may hand in either a hard copy (i.e., paper) or a soft copy by e-mail.

In today's class we will be again be working some with abstracts.

 Week 6 (October 26, 2016) — Critical Analysis (2)  

in its entirety.

We will devote the latter half of our class to your upcoming poster presentations. How you use your time is, of course, up to you, but please use your time well. I will be dropping by to check on each group and answer any questions you have.


  • ✓ Prepare well for your group presentation next week.

 Week 7 (November 2, 2016) — Midterm Presentations (1)  

As noted, this will be the first of our two classes devoted to your midterm presentations. We will have 7-8 presentations each class, meaning that each presentation will be 10-12 minutes. You are expected to include Q&A segments, too.


  • ✔ Hand in presentation outline and PPT.
  • ✔ Prepare your poster presentation abstract/proposal; this will be handed in on November 18.

 Week 8 (November 9, 2016) — Poster Presentation Basics, Part 1  

As necessary, we will complete the mid-term presentations from last week.

Our second task today is to examine details about the poster presentation. I'd like to begin with a quick look at the actual boards on which you'll display your posters. Second, let's have a glance at some posters I've seen over the last year or so.

What about printing your posters? Well, Gentle Students, here we have a handy document explaining about printing your posters

 Class Material: 

 Week 9 (November 16, 2016) — Poster Presentation Basics, Part 2  

At this point we will devote our time to learning the basics of poster sessions. In essence, this is simple a less formal presentation in which the speaker(s) present their research in a more casual format before a small number of people; of course, interaction between the speaker and his/her audience is very easy in such cases.

Courtesy of George Hess, here is a very useful video on giving an effective poster presentation.

 More Poster Session Links 

Oh, go on, we can't stop there, can we? Here we have more poster session links:

 Even More Poster Session Links 

 Week 10 (November 23, 2016) — Poster Sessions, Part 2  

Another area that is crucial for doing an effective poster session is the Q&A part. Recall that the speaker makes a shorter speech—say, five minutes. The listener often then poses questions, which you, Gentle Student, should be prepared for! Thus, consider what questions might be asked. Of course, also think about how you can answer those questions.

Recall that I like to hear two things when someone asks a question. The first, of course, is to thank that person for his/her question. The second one is to repeat the question. Again, please repeat the question. This allows you to (a) check that your understanding of the question is correct, (b) make sure that everyone heard the question, and (c) give yourself a moment to think about your answer. Here are my Q&A guidelines.


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 Week 11 (November 30, 2016) — TBA  

Today we will be practicing and polishing your poster presentations for next week.


  • ✔ Assign TED Talk homework (due in Class #14)

 Week 12 (December 7, 2016) — TBA  

Today we will again be practicing impromptu speaking skills in addition to doing some fluency work.


  • ✔ Obtain video of poster session

 Week 13 (December 14, 2016) — Poster Session Preparation  


  • ✔ Hand in critique of poster session presentation.
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 Week 14 (December 21, 2016) — Poster Session (6th floor lounge)  


  • ✔ Obtain video of poster session
  • ✔ Prepare self-critique of poster presentation

 Week 15 (January 11, 2017) — Final exam (in class)  


  • ✔ Hand in self-critique of poster session

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Date last updated: September 27, 2016 * Copyright 2016 by Roosevelt and his merry band of lunatics.