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March 30-Graduate Students' Presentations #3
by 徐碧霙 2009-03-29 15:40:50, Reply(19), Views(1070)
Seminar--Individual Presentation:
These graduate students are diligent in their thesis writing.
The following is what they are doing for the Seminar Presentation:
 

A.   Prepare a 10-minute presentation of a research article for the class. Each presentation will be followed 5 minutes of discussion with the instructor and your classmates.

B.  Please prepare a copy of the article to hand out to your classmates and instructor.

C.  The purpose of the oral presentation is to share your work with your classmates. Your presentation will be graded three 5-point scales: amount of knowledge conveyed; application to research discipline and theory; ppt quality.

Betty

 

Ilisa

 

Leya

Attachments:
1. Ilisa.ppt (426 KB)
2. Leya.ppt (1.2 MB)
Reply(19)

members

Betty

Leya

Ilisa

Strength

 

1.      clear explanation

2.      good ppt design (p.12, 13,16,17,18)

1.      good eye contact

2.      confidence

3.      interesting topic

1.      well organized

2.      clear example in page 5 (in your speech)

Weakness

1.      grammar mistake

2.      oral mistake (it should be 136 participants but you said 176)

1.      the pronunciation of  “event”

2.      speak more fluently

1.      in some of the pages is not clear

 

Question

 

In your speech, you did not mention about the backgrounds of the participants, could you introduce their background? (Ex, what courses did the participants join in?)

What’s the difference between the 4 stories?

Could you explain more about the stories?

In your ppt page11, it said that the participants made great progress on their English. How did the researcher know? Is there any document can support this result?

Dear Paulinna,

You are number one!

Bravo!

 

Teresa

Comments

Betty

Strength

Understand the whole paper quite well.

Very smooth!  Dress up!

Complete understand the statistical analysis.

Giving a clear explanation and answer responses.

Weakness

Some words pounces not quite well and grammar error.

Question

None

Leya

Strength

Look professional!

Showing good confident!

Well organized! Great PPT design!

Great reflection!

Question

For the four stories are they all same? Further, are they using same stories for the strategies? In this paper, “7-grade” refer to how old? Did the Author mention that why they choose native American children as their participants?

Ilisa

Strength

Did a good job!  Well organized presentation!

Speaking loud!

Question

For the three female participants, What’s their age about? And are they same age with Taiwanese students when you are comparing each other. Did you get their agreement while you did this research? Did the Author use any tools when he interviews these participants?

Dear Irene,

Something wrong with the table.

Please double check...

Thank you!

Teresa

members

Betty

Leya

Ilisa

Strength

 

1.      More confident

2.      Well dressed

3.      Nice design- ppt

4.      Fluent speech than before

5.      Organized content

1.      More confident

2.      Well-dressed

3.      Clear ppt design

4.      Smile

5.      Good reflection

1.      Powerful voice

2.      Well-dressed

3.      Confidence

4.      Slide 15 is great

5.      Good chart on slide 10

Weakness

1.      Too old supported paper

2.      Un-nature gesture

3.      Grammatical mistake on slide 6, 12

1.      Wrong pronounce on” event”

2.      Eye-contact

1.      More smile is suggested

2.      Lack of supported background

3.      More data showing will convince the audience

Question

 

It’s an interesting result; however, what’s your purpose of the comparison of the previous findings? Why do you show us this?

Very interesting topic, I like it! Just like me, if you want to know more about the content, you can email the researcher in this paper. However, in slide 12, you just make a chart with story 2 and 3, how about the story1?

I can not see the foundation of each action the researcher does. Is it possible to show the questionnaire on foreign students?

 

Dear Crystal,

Good points!

Teresa

Members

Betty

Leya

Ilisa

Strength

l          PPT background is neat

l          Good pictures on PPT slide

l          Showing the items of questionnaire, and explaining them well

l          Well-organized presentation

 

l          Slide9~11 are good design

l          Good reflection

l          Confident presentation

l          Interesting topic

l          Good explanation to questions

l          Dress up

l          Good body language

l          Interesting topic

 

Weakness

l          Lack of energy

l          Slight errors on PPT slide

 None

l          Should be careful about the colors on PPT slides.

Question

Is there any criterion for sampling the participants?

I know this topic is related to your MA research, could you tell me what your motivation is to your future study?

On slide 11, you mentioned that the participants made great progress on their English. How did the research know that? Is there any evaluation for participants?

Members

Betty

Leya

Ilisa

Strength

-Clear explanation

-Neat charts

-Well-organized PPT

-Clear diagram

-Clear charts

-Good explanation

-Showed enthusiasm

-Clear charts

-Formal dress

Weakness

-A little bit nervous

-Some grammar mistakes

None

-Could be more fluent

Question

None

How did the researchers choose the story? (written by themselves or …)

In the conclusion part, it mentioned that it is necessary to request the native English teachers to offer the normal speed English teaching when they teach Taiwanese students. How does this conclusion come out? It seems to be a little bit objective and general.

 

Members

Betty

Leya

Ilisa

Strength

l          Good background of PPT

l          Good design of results on slide 17-18

l          Clear reflection

l          Good chart for procedures of this study from slide 9-10

l          Good reflection

l          Professional dress, I like it! ^^

l          Good examples for research question 1

l          Clear chart for qualitative method of this study on slide 10

Weakness

l          Wrong pronunciations, e.g., reflection

l          Different use of words from “China” and “American”, the correct ones would be China and America or Chinese and American

l          Wrong pronunciation with “events”

l          The unsuitable color design on slide 13

Question

l          As we know, most of conclusion sections of research papers are made from the researchers themselves. So, why do you think that is the disadvantage of this study?

l          Would you explain the methodology for analysis so that we could see the results on slide 12, e.g., questionnaire, interview or others?

l          Would you describe the background information of these three participants, e.g., joined any training courses before went to America for this study?

Dear Vivian,

Good questions.

Teresa

Members

Betty

Leya

Ilisa

Strength

l          Interesting topic for me because of culture difference

l          Clear tables in slides #13 and #16

l          Interesting study

l          Neat PPT and clear extra explanation about the topic

l          Confident

l          Formal dress-up

Weakness

Lacks of eye-contacts

The color of slide #12 is too similar to the color of background.

A little bit nervous

None

Question

According to my knowledge, I don’t think English is Chinese second language. In slide # 17, why they are ESL, not EFL?

Do you think that the different background such as tribes or genders, would influence the result of this research?

You are one of participants in this study; therefore, do you think that the result of this research is not objective?

 

Betty

Strength

1.      nice to include picture of Dunn in the background on slide 4

2.      good explanations for slide 10

3.      great examples on slide 11

4.      clear highlights on slide 13 and 16

Weakness

1.      some pronunciation mistakes

2.      grammatical errors on slides

3.      incorrect title “Result” on slide 17 and 18

4.      unclear explanations for slide 17 and 18

Question(s)

1.      Where is the American university?

2.      What is “narrow target”?

Leya

Strength

1.      interesting topic

2.      cute picture on slide 4

3.      clear explanations

4.      nice animations on slide 9

5.      good highlights on slide 12

6.      clear results

7.      excellent reflections

Weakness

1.      some pronunciation mistakes

2.      incorrect intonation

Question(s)

1.      For the question I asked in class, I found that the researchers used grocery store story and toys. Therefore I think the results are useful for many parents and even the toy manufacturers. Anyways this is just my own reflection. As for my question, do you think we would obtain similar results if we conduct the same research with Taiwanese children? Why?

Ilisa

Strength

1.      very well-dressed

2.      relate to examples in daily life

Weakness

1.      some of the colors on the slides are too dark

2.      some intonation errors

3.      the research has many flaws: the selection of participants, and the short duration

4.      Personally I think the results of this study could be easily matched with any diary from students who have studied abroad.

Question(s)

1.      Did the researcher mention how he/she assess the participants’ progress on English?

2.      Could you briefly explain what “supportive classroom atmosphere” is?

Members

Betty

Leya

Ilisa

Strength

l          A clear concep on slide 4

l          Easy to follow your presentation

l          Fuent presentation

l          Clear and confident

l          Good experience on staying America and nice sharing

Weakness

l          Too nervous to keep the correct pronunciation

l          Could be more facial expression

l          Some pronunciation errors

l         A valuable study?

l          Lack of the schemata of the three involved teachers.

Question

l          Could the result expanded to the text processing of Taiwanese children?

l          Would the students in M. Story 3 perform better than those in V. Story 3 since they could see and touch the toys?

l          What are the questons in the questionnaire mainly about?

Dear Jenny,

Fantastic!

You raised a great issue for Leya's presentation.

Also, you found a controversy about evaluating students' English competence in Ilisa's presentation.

Teresa

Thanks  for my dear classmates' kindly opinions and suggestions.

 

Dsear Paulinna, 

Thanks for your comments and question.

Yes, I did mention that the participants made great progress on their English. In this research paper, it mentioned that the researcher knew it from their written report, interviewing, and observation. However, there is no document in this article for reference.

 

Dear Irene,

Thanks for your comments and question.

In this article paper, there is no discussion about their age and agreement from the participants. And then, the researcher just interviewed the participants and recorded their words.

 

Dear Crystal,

Thanks for your comments and question.

Yes, I agree with you viewpoint. In this article, no questionnaire was showed on this article paper.

 

Dear Sadia,

Thanks for your comments and question.

Yes, I mentioned that the participants made great progress on their English. In this research paper, it mentioned that the researcher knew it from their written report, interviewing, and observation. However, no evaluation was provided from this paper for reference.

 

Dear Stan,

Thanks for your comments and question.

The issue that native English teachers should provide normal speed of speaking teaching due to the participants mentioned that they could not catch up with the native speakers in the U.S. They think that is because English teachers are always slow down their speech when they teach in Taiwan.

 

Dear Vivian,

Thanks for your comments and question.

I regret that the background of the three participants didn’t be mentioned in this paper. However, if you are interested in it, please contact me privately.

 

Dear Jeffery,

Thanks for your comments and question.

Yes, I agree with you that the result of the article is a little bit subjective.

 

Dear Jenny,

Thanks for your comments and question.

1.     No. The researcher didn’t mention about that.

2.     This is a great question for the paper. In my opinion, the researcher means that teacher should provide supportive materials such as flashcards, extra related paper, activities to catch students’ attention and increase classroom atmosphere to motivate students’ learning attitudes. Because the participants offered several methods to build a nice classroom atmosphere to teach Chinese in the U.S. Perhaps that’s why the researcher mentioned the issue.

 

Dear Andrew,

Thanks for your comments and question.

I regret to answer you that the researcher didn’t offer the questionnaire in this paper.

To Paulina’s Q

The 4 stories were created with primary and secondary character sentences. The story topics related to events that occurred in a farm (story 1 and 2) and a zoo (story 3 and 4). You can see the example attached in page 548.

 

To Irene’s Q

1. The 4 stories were used in the three conditions.

2. 7-grade means students who were in 7th grade. I think they were about 13 years old.

3. Because the researcher thought that many Native American students drop out of school for learning difficulties, such as second-language comprehension, the learning strategies are important to those students.

 

To Crystal’s and Vivian’s Qs

Story 1 was used for students to practice the strategies that they would be applying for following stories. So students’ standardized (z-score) performance of free recall and cued recall on story 1 was used to compare with other stories. It is a statistical measure so I didn’t explained in my presentation.

 

To Sadia’s Q

Nowadays there are more and more 3-D cartoons. Most children especially like to watch cartoons. So I think if children can learn English through cartoons, they may be happier and have more interest on their learning. I want to explore if children can learn English through viewing cartoons especially their listening ability.

 

To Stan’s Q

The researcher didn’t mention the source of the stories, but I think they may come from children’s story books.

 

To Jeffery’s Q

The participants were Native American students so I think the tribes won’t be the main factor to the results. For gender, because the scores in 3 conditions showed the same results, so I think gender was not major factor, either.

 

To Jenny’s Q

I think if we conduct the experiment in Taiwan, we may obtain the similar results because for most language learners especially children, visual aids are important. Visual aids could facilitate learning efficiency during the learning process. Several research papers I read showed the same results.

 

To Andrew’s Q

Students in manipulate condition indeed performed better than those in visual condition of Story 3. You can check the table in slide 12.

 

Betty

Leya

Ilisa

Strength

1.      Clear PPT design.

2.      Clear explanation to the questions.

1.      Precise explanation for the procedures.

2.      Familiar with the interesting topic.

3.      Shows confidence.

1.      Professional charts on slide 7, 9 and 10.

2.      Good reflection.

3.      Impressive picture.

Weakness

1.      Frequently look up and down.

2.      Some grammatical and pronunciation mistakes.

3.      Lack of energy. 

None.

1. Tries to recall the memories.

Question

1. Do you think it is a good way to compare the same topic of the studies as a research?

1. Each strategy condition is for 35 minutes, but how long is the observational duration for the strategies?

1. What kind of training did the participants take before teaching American students?

2. What kind of teaching material did the participants use in the class?

Dear classmates~

Thanks for your advices, and I will pay more attention on my grammar and pronunciation problems and try to overcome them. This form is about my response for your questions, please take a look. Overall, I really appreciate all our comments.

 

Classmate

Questions

Response

Paullinna

In your speech, you did not mention about the backgrounds of the participants, could you introduce their background? (Ex, what courses did the participants join in?)

 

One hundred and thirty-six Chinese participants were recruited at a public normal university in Beijing, China. The participants were undergraduate

students specializing in Chinese education, math education, physics education, including 30 part-time elementary teachers who sought their bachelors degrees. The participants were recruited in a required Chinese literature course at the outset of spring semester, 2006. The participants from the US included 134 undergraduate students in education majors at a public Midwestern research university in

the US. These participants were recruited in a required education history and philosophy course in the same time period as their Chinese counterparts. The American participants were specialized in

elementary education, English education, science education, and math education. Both participant groups consisted of students ranging from freshman to senior. The grade level distribution for the American students was 17 freshmen (the first-year students in college), 56 sophomores (the second year

students in college), 42 juniors (the third-year students in college), 11 seniors (the fourth-year students in college), and 8 others while the grade level distribution for the Chinese students was 29 freshman, 79 juniors, and 28 seniors.

Crystal

It’s an interesting result; however, what’s your purpose of the comparison of the previous findings? Why do you show us this?

 

I think the reason why the researchers compare their result with the previous research is that they want to know if the learning attitude and preference of the two group participants changed during 1987 to 2006.  

Sadia

Is there any criterion for sampling the participants?

 

The researchers didn’t mention about the criterion for sampling the participants. The common feature of the participants is that all of them are teacher education students.

Vivian

 As we know, most of conclusion sections of research papers are made from the researchers themselves. So, why do you think that is the disadvantage of this study?

I think there should be less one or two researches to support what the researchers convinced. That may make their conclusion more persuasive.

Jeffery

According to my knowledge, I don’t think English is Chinese second language. In slide # 17, why they are ESL, not EFL?

 

Good question! I didn’t find the problem until you ask. Actually, English is the foreign language in China. I think compare ESL Chinese with EFL Chinese may cause some problems.

Jenny

1. Where is the American university?

2. What is “narrow target”?

 

1.     MRUN is built around the idea that regional cooperation in new business formation can foster commercialization of university research. To that end, representatives involved with startup business formation at several Midwest reseach institutions chose to leverage their relative geographic proximity and began meeting quarterly to explore cooperative options.  The early MRUN members were from eight Midwest states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. http://www.mrun.us/about/index.php

2.     Learning for narrow target contrasts to the meaning –based learning. Students with narrow target learning for the sake of passing the exam so that the only focus on what teacher have tough in the class.

Petty

1. Do you think it is a good way to compare the same topic of the studies as a research?

I think it is necessary to compare two group participants in the same topic because too many variables may cause the research to become uncertainty.

 

 

 

 

Dear Betty,

Good for you!

We learn a lot from your respones.

Thank you...

Love you...

Teresa

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