Poverty in Afghanistan

Dear all,

Today you will learn about Poverty in Afghanistan. To that end, we will work on different tasks!

To start, you will watch a video about “Microfinance in Kabul” and will you answer some comprehension questions. Then, you will read some facts about poverty in Afghanistan and you will compare them with the Chilean reality, using the same facts. Write your findings in your copybook.

Watch the following video and answer in your copybook the questions below:

 

  • How many people in Afghanistan live in poverty?
  • What did the first woman start doing in order to feed her family?
  • How much was the loan she got?
  • What is the best way to help people to get out of poverty?
  • Which country is helping them?
  • How many people have benefited from these loans?
  • How many loans have been issued so far?
  • Who are the main clients? And what is the percentage?
  • What the woman from the second example did with the loan and how much was it?
  • Form the third example what is the woman’s business? How much does she sell her product?
  • What do these loans do for these people?

ENGLISH EXAM – ORAL PRESENTATION

Dear students,

Next week, you will have to deliver a presentation where you will orally answer the questions in Progress Journal 3. This will be a meta-cognitive exercise and you need to be prepared to answer questions from your teacher, as well.

To start, strcuture your presentation as follows:

  1. GREET THE AUDIENCE
  2. INTRODUCE YOURSELF
  3. STATE YOUR RESEARCH QUESTION
  4. EXPLAIN WHY YOU CHOSE THIS TOPIC
  5. STATE THE RESEARCH PROCESS (say what you did first, second, etc.)
  6. EXPRESS YOUR OPINION REGARDING THE SOURCES YOU FOUND (Were all of them useful? Were they difficult to understand? Were they reliable? etc.)
  7. STATE YOUR FINAL RESULTS REGARDING YOUR RESEARCH QUESTION (What did you learn? What is the answer to your question?)
  8. REFLECT ON YOUR LEARNING
  9. ALLOW THE AUDIENCE TO ASK QUESTIONS (be prepared to answer questions from your teachers)
  10. END YOUR PRESENTATION

Check for some useful phrases

1.     GREET THE AUDIENCE

 

·          Good morning, miss and classmates

·          Good afternoon everyone.

·          Good afternoon classmates.

 

2.     INTRODUCE YOURSELF

 

·          My name is …

·          I am ….

 

3.     STATE YOUR RESEARCH QUESTION

 

·          My purpose/objective/aim today is …..

·          What I would like to do this morning is ……

·          I’m here today to …

·          The subject of my presentation is

4.     EXPLAIN WHY YOU CHOSE THIS TOPIC

 

·          I wanted to work with this topic because…

·          I came up with the idea of researching on this when…

·          I chose this topic because…

5.     STATE THE RESEARCH PROCESS (say what you did first, second, etc.)

 

This talk is divided into four parts: firstly, … etc.

• Let me begin with/To start with/Firstly, I’d like to look at ….

• Then/Secondly, I’ll be talking about …

• Thirdly, ….

• My fourth point will be about ….

• Finally, I’ll be looking at ….

6.     EXPRESS YOUR OPINION REGARDING THE SOURCES YOU FOUND (Were all of them useful? Were they difficult to understand? Were they reliable? etc.) ·          In connection to the sources, I can say that…

·          The best source I found was… because…

·          Most of the sources were…. Because

·          I chose this sources because…

7.     STATE YOUR FINAL RESULTS REGARDING YOUR RESEARCH QUESTION (What did you learn? What is the answer to your question?) ·          While I was doing this Project, I learnt that…

·          Before this Project I thought…. But now I think …

·          The results of my researching process help me…

·          Let me end by saying that the answer to my question is…

8.     REFLECT ON YOUR LEARNING ·          Thanks to this Project, I became more…

·          In connection to my management skills, I learnt that…

·          What I need to improve is…

9.     ALLOW THE AUDIENCE TO ASK QUESTIONS (be prepared to answer questions from your teachers) ·          If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask.

·          If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer them.

·          Does anyone have a question?

·          Please, raise your hand in case you want to ask a question.

10. END YOUR PRESENTATION ·          Thank you for your attention/time.

·          Thank you for listening.

·          Thank you very much.

 

Oral presentations: Useful phrases

Getting the audience’s attention

• Good/Right/Well.
• Shall/ Can we start?

Saying Hello

• Good morning, miss and classmates
• Good afternoon everyone.
• Good afternoon classmates.

Expressing purpose

• My purpose/objective/aim today is …..
• What I would like to do this morning is ……
• I’m here today to …
• The subject of my presentation is …

Signposting

• This talk is divided into four parts: firstly, … etc.
• Let me begin with/To start with/Firstly, I’d like to look at ….
• Then/Secondly, I’ll be talking about …
• Thirdly, ….
• My fourth point will be about ….
• Finally, I’ll be looking at ….

Inviting questions

• If anyone has any questions, please feel free to interrupt me at any time.
• If you have any questions, please stop me at any time, and I will be happy to answer them.
• Please stop me at any time if you have any questions.

Discouraging questions

• At the end of my talk, there will be a question and answer session. I would  appreciate it if you could keep your questions until then.
• I’d ask you to save your questions for the end.
• I’ll be happy to answer any questions you have at the end of my presentation.

Useful phrases for the body

Moving on

• Let’s now move on to/turn to …
• I now want to go on to …
• I’d like to move on to/turn to …
Giving examples
• Now let’s take an example.
• Let me give you an example.
• To illustrate this …
• Such as …
• For instance …..
Summarising
• What I’m trying to say is …..
• Let me just try and sum that up before we move on to …
Using Visual Aids
• I’d like you to look at this ….
• Let me show you …
• As you can see …
• Let’s have a look at …
• Let’s look at …
• If you look at the screen, you’ll see …
Useful phrases for the conclusion

Summarizing

• So, to sum up, …
• To summarise, …
• To recapitulate/recap, …
• Let me now sum up, ….
Concluding
• Let me end by saying ….
• I’d like to finish by emphasizing …
• In conclusion, I’d like to say …
Closing 
• Thank you for your attention/time.
• Thank you for listening.
• Thank you very much.
Information extracted and adapted from: http://www.prolancom.com/oral-presentations/360-phrases4

Exam information!

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Dear students,

You are about to take the last step in your Personal Project Process, which is the Exam Stage. The mark that you will be awarded corresponds to 30% of your II semester average.

The Exam stage requires the completion of the following tasks:

  • Completion of 3 process journals in student’s folder.
  • Essay posted on student’s blog.
  • Printed version of essay in student’s folder.
  • Oral Presentation based on last process journal.

On Friday, 13 November you will have to hand in the printed version of your essay (and upload it on Turn It In in the case of HL students). Your teacher will assess it and award you a mark. This will be a FORMATIVE EVALUATION. The criteria will be used again in the final EXAM RUBRIC.

NOTE: Students may formally request a second revision of their essays if they so desire, modifying elements based on the teacher’s feedback. These changes will be considered in the final Exam Rubric. Students will have time on Wednesday 25 to apply these changes to their essays. In such cases, the final version of the essay must be handed in on Thursday 26 (and re-uploaded on Turn It In in the case of HL students).

On Tuesday, 17 November, you will complete your third and last Process Journal. This will be a meta-cognitive exercise with a set of guiding questions. You must answer all the questions in the allotted time. Your Oral Presentation must be structured based on your answers to these questions.

On Wednesday, 18 November, you will have time to structure and practice for your Oral Presentation. Use a wide variety of cohesive devices to connect your speech. Ask for your teacher’s feedback as you practice. Questions will be projected onto the whiteboard when you present. Prepare to answer questions from your teacher, too.

Oral Presentations – Higher Level:  Tuesday 24 , Wednesday 25, Thursday 26, and Friday 27 November.

Oral Presentations – Standard Level: Tuesday 24 , Wednesday 25, Thursday 26, and Friday 27 November.

Lesson Calendar

Friday 13 Printed essay in folder and blog (SL); printed essay in folder and Turn It In (HL)
Tuesday 17 Completion of 3rd and last Process Journal (handwritten)
Wednesday 18 Oral Presentation: Structure and practice
Thursday 19 Evaluated Oral Presentations (HL) – Practice (SL)
Friday 20 Evaluated Oral Presentations (HL and SL)
Tuesday 24 Evaluated Oral Presentations (HL and SL)
Wednesday 25 Oral presentations

The Exam Stage will be assessed according to the following criteria (max 6 marks each)

Part 1: Process

  • Criterion A: Completion of all Process Journals
  • Criterion B: Work in class throughout the whole process
  • Criterion C: Attendance and attitude in class
  • Criterion D: Meeting deadlines

Part 2: Essay

  • Criterion A: Introduction
  • Criterion B: First paragraph
  • Criterion C: Structure: thoughts and opinions linked to thesis statement
  • Criterion D: Paragraphing and referencing
  • Criterion E: Closing paragraph
  • Criterion F: Use of language and style

Part 3: Oral Presentation

  • Criterion A: Use of language: vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, intonation, fluency
  • Criterion B: Level of reflection and ideas
  • Criterion C: Organisation and use of cohesive devices
  • Criterion D: Sense of audience and purpose

Maximum Score: 84 pts

Expected Outcome: 70 pts