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October 24, 2011


Filed under: announcements — richardlstansfield @ 2:20 am

You will work in groups to make presentations. Each presentations will have:

1. glossary

This is a list of vocabulary and their definitions. You can find definitions at

2. text

You have to write the text yourself. Do not plagiarize (표절). If you do, you will receive a score of 0/10.

3. references

You have to show where you found the information.

4. discussion questions

You have to write three discussion questions. You and your classmates will ask each other these questions and answer them. One question will be chosen for the Final Speaking Exam.

5. class #, group #, and group members

Here are some examples.

We will do this step-by-step.


Step 1.

Make groups of 3 or 4 students.

Step 2.

Write down your group members’ names down on a piece of paper.

Step 3.

Think of 5 possible topics.

Step 4.

Discuss with your group members and then choose one of the topics.

Step 5.

Think of ideas and organize them by making mind maps.


Step 6.

Write your text. Do this together, as a team. I will walk around the class, giving help and corrections.

Suggestion: One person takes notes, and the others help.

How to Write your Text

First, begin at the center of your mind map. Write an introduction to the topic.

e.g. These days, plagiarism is a hot topic of discussion.

… or …

Our presentation is about plagiarism.

… or …

We will present about plagiarism.

Then, go along one of your mind map’s branches. Write about that sub-topic.

e.g. Plagiarism is defined as “taking someone’s words or ideas as if they were your own.”

When you are finished with that branch, go on to another.

e.g. Most accusations of plagiarism involve songs.

Then go further along that branch.

For example, in 2006, the songwriters of Britney Spears accused Lee Hyori‘s “Get Ya” of plagiarizing “Do Somethin'”.

Also, in 2009, some Internet users (called “netizens” in Korea) accused G-Dragon’s “Heartbreaker” of being copied from Flo Rida’s “Right Round.”

When you are finished with that branch, go on to another.

e.g. There have also been accusations of plagiarizing choreography. For example, in 2010, the Korean girl group After School


Do not cut-and-paste from the Internet. (“Copy” = “복사”) Write it yourselves. Plagiarism (표절) will get you a score of zero/0 on your presentation.

Do not write in Korean and then translate. If you do, the English will be very bad and impossible to understand. Write in English from the beginning.

Write your text in class. Do not say, “We will write it later.” I want you to write in in class because I want to help you, correct your mistakes, etc.

You should have numbers in square brackets (e.g. [1], [2], etc.) in your texts. Information before the numbers should match the numbers in front of references.


On 2th of October, 2008, famous middle age actress, Choi Jin-Shil committed suicide and shocked many people.[1] The cause of her suicide was depression and It was known that she was hurt by malicious comments on the web. Actually, many Korean sports players, singers and celebrities get emotionally hurt by malicious comments.[2] It’s one of the social problems now. So since the past, there has been a suggestion that Korea should introduce the Real Name System on the web to prevent the malicious comments and encourage the sound netiquette.[3] But introducing it to all of the web sites is difficult actually. Also, opponents of this system always insist that it can infringe on the freedom of speech. Recently, Google rejected to the real name system suggested by the Korean Broadcasting Committee.[4] Google does not require Korean users Real Names in order to upload videos to YouTube.



Step 7.

Write your discussion questions.

Write three or more good discussion questions.

* Good discussion questions ask about opinions, not facts.

* It’s better to have Wh-questions instead of yes/no questions.

(You can add a Wh-question after a yes/no question).


How many planets are there? –> bad

Would you like to visit another planet? Why or why not? –> good

Step 8.

Choose 5 vocabulary items for your glossary.

Step 9.

Find your references.

Step 10.

Prepare your presentation.

Typing has to be done in Microsoft Word, Notepad, or Open Office. It cannot be in Hangul, because my computer cannot read it.

Pictures should be separate from the text (different files).

Pictures should be JPEGs.

Put your presentation on a flash drive/memory stick (Konglish: “USB”).

Step 10.

Upload your presentations.

Step 11.

Choose a presentation date.

All members have to be present during presentations.

* You can update your presentation if you want to (as long as it is not too close to your presentation date). Make an appointment to see me in my office, 5남231. Remember that you can always contact me by leaving a comment on this blog site.

* Most importantly, as I told you before, you must not copy (“복사”) or plagiarize (“표절”). Your writing must be your own.


Making Your Presentations

* All members should be present for the presentation. All members should help present it.

* Presentations should begin with all members introducing themselves.

Then, these three sections of the presentation should be presented in correct order:

1. glossary

2. text

3. discussion questions

Just go over them. Don’t answer them or ask the audience to answer them during your presentation.

(You don’t have to mention your references. They must be in your presentation, but you don’t have to talk about them.)

* Please explain any pictures.


“This is a picture of M.C. Mong. He is a rapper who tried to avoid his military duty by taking out his teeth.”

* After each presentation, everyone (including the presenters) will ask and answer the discussion questions.


From each presentation:

– 3 vocabulary items will be taken from the glossary for Written Test #2.

– 1 discussion question will be used in the Final Speaking Test.


* Pay attention to other people’s presentations.

(Not paying attention to other people’s presentations can lead to penalties.)

* Asking questions about other people’s presentations is good. It shows that you paid attention, that you understood, that you were interested, and that you want to know more.
Asking questions about other people’s presentations could give you bonus points.

… … …

Don’t be nervous about your presentations. You have done most of the hard work already.

Look at the presenter below.

1. What is he presenting about?

2. About how old is he?



  1. good morning sir ! I ‘m one of your students in class 125. I am leaving this message to make an appointment about updating my group ppt. May I update my group ppt at breaktime today ? I have the file on my e -mail. please allow to do that. have a nice day ! See you at 2!

    Comment by 조진혁 — November 16, 2011 @ 2:29 am | Reply

    • You are the 조진혁 of Class 125, right?

      We can do that right after class. Is that OK with you?

      Comment by richardlstansfield — November 16, 2011 @ 3:17 am | Reply

      • right after class I have a next class. It will be easy and simple. It is Just fixing the text.
        If is that not okay with you I will find another way. thank you for your answer!

        Comment by 조진혁 — November 16, 2011 @ 3:30 am

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