Instructions on Term-Paper Presentations

ENGL 3373

Modern English Syntax

Dr. Min-Joo Kim

As stated in the course sylllabus, your presentation on the final term-paper will take up 10% of your entire course grade and will be evaluated based largely on how closely you've followed the instructions given below and how effectively it was delivered (see course syllabus).

1. Length: Your presentation will be 13 minutes long altogether but you'll actually be presenting for 10 minutes, followed by a 3 minute Q&A session where your classmates will be asking questions about the paper you've just presented. You must prepare your presentation with this time restriction in mind and practice your talk so that you won't go over time. That said, going undertime won't be in your best interest either since it will give an impression to the audience that you haven't done enough research to show/share with them.

2. Handout: Your presentation must be accompanied by a one or two pages long, audience-friendly handout. Your handout must be concise but should list all the major points of your paper. It should also contain some linguistic data that will help illustrate the points you’re trying to make, exemplified by the Lecture Notes and the reading assignments for this course. Additonally, there must be the full bibliographic information on some of the works you've citing (if not all of them).

3. Delivery: You don’t have to dress up for this occasion but your presentation has to be done in a professional manner; this applies to the decorum you’re using also, given that your presentation is for academic purposes.

4. Organization: Well-organized talks are much easier to follow than disorganized ones, so  try to make your presentation as well organized as possible. To this end, I'd suggest that you divide your presentation into three to four different parts although this may vary depending on the content of your paper. Whatever structure you adopt for your presentation/paper,  please use clear and informative section headings, as stated in the course syllabus.