Angela Daniel made me think. How do you get cultural information across to students so that they absorb it and remember it? She says that what students learn themselves is much more valuable than what they are told (I paraphrase her words). She's right. So what I do is to adopt a technique of INTERACTIVE PRESENTATION.
Divide the information you want to present into into 60-90 minute chunks. Try and include some unexpected bits of information which are memorable.
1 Announce the topic.
2 Brainstorm any words and phrases the class associate with the topic.
3 Ask the class what they want to know about the topic. The response may be dead silence!
If so ask them in pairs to think of a question about the topic.
4 Elicit the questions and put them on the board.
5 Explain you will talk for 60 or 90 seconds. The students must listen and then tell you what you said.
6 Give the first 'chunk' of your presentation.
7 Elicit what you said from the class and then go on to the next chunk. You can also ask if any of the words and phrases they predicted were used by you.
8 Repeat the same process with the other 'chunks'.
9 At the end of the presentation ask the class if their questions have been answered. Also ask the class what they most remember (usually the memorable bits). Get the class to summarise the key information in five sentences.
* The class will remember the information.
* They will have practised 'active listening'. More on this in ACTIVITY 13.
* They will have learned a little about how to construct a presentation.
Students can prepare their own presentations, using the same technique.
Angela Daniel had one more question, as did others. Where do I get the information? I'll give you my sources in ACTIVITY 15. But I'm just one person. Come on! SHARE YOUR SOURCES!