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Task : Conduct a 4-min presentation on “How does a …… work?”. Prepare : • Think of a simple electrical/mechanical device or instrument. • Do some background reading to gather relevant information. • Identify the ‘ messages ’ and supporting evidence that would make up the content of your presentation. • Choose one of the following: Describe how something works, compare/contrast , or argue for a position. Prepare this before the first workshop.
14 When explaining a process or how a device works , consider the significance of each stage. 1. Provide background to identify and define the process. Explain why understanding this process is useful or important. 2. Describe the process in a logical order using diagrams and appropriate transition words/phrases.
15 When comparing/contrasting , you need to develop a thesis – state your position. 1. Identify and explain three or more key points of similarity or difference between the subjects. 2. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of comparisons based on the evidence. 3. State your position, e.g. which is ‘better’, and discuss applications & implications.
16 When arguing for a position , you aim to persuade the audience to accept your argument. 1. State the significance of your topic. State your thesis, relate back to it periodically and repeat it in your conclusion. 2. Present claims and evidence (cite sources!) to support your thesis. Start with the strongest first. Include counter-arguments and rebuttal. 3. Use signposts to help audience follow your argument. Now let’s move on to … I have shown you that …
17 Content worthy of attention Speaker’s passion Awareness of the audience Excellent technical presentations are marked by content , passion , and a keen sense of the audience .