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How do I prepare for the PE?
The ITA must prepare the following:
- A presentation prepared as if the ITA were going to present information to an undergraduate student or someone who is unfamiliar with the field.
- A handout that will help students better understand the material. Bring 2 copies to the presentation:
- It should be in outline form. Do not include too much information.
- It can include pictures, formulas, charts, or graphs that will help understanding.
- It should leave enough room so students can take notes.
- 2-3 quiz questions that check the “student” evaluators' understanding of some aspect of the material presented. The quiz question should require a little thinking on the part of the “students”.
- For example, an appropriate quiz question might be: Name the steps in the process presented, and specify your understanding of the purpose/function of each step.
- Make an outline of the material that you intend to present. Keep in mind that this is a short presentation. Do not try to cover an entire topic. Pick part or a stage of a topic.
- For example, if you choose website design, don't try to teach everything about website design. Instead, teach something small, like an introduction to the 5D Process.
- Make notes or highlight key words, and practice the pronunciation with a native speaker.
- Be prepared to give clear examples or analogies in order to illustrate the concepts.
- Prepare more than one quiz question ahead of time, so you can choose the one that is most appropriate to ask at the end of the presentation. Check with a native speaker for grammar and spelling.
- Think about what you will put on the board and how you will organize the board visually, so that it is easy for the student to understand.
- Think of questions that the student might ask you during the presentation, so that you are prepared to answer them.
- Practice giving your presentation out loud a few times.
What NOT to do:
- Power Point presentations are not accepted. We want to evaluate your language and presentation skills, as well as your interaction skills.
- Do not write out your presentation word for word or plan to read it from a piece of paper. The PE is designed to assess your language and presentation skills, as well as your interaction skills.
- Do not try to cover too much information. Technical terms and essential background information should not be the focus of the presentation. Remember, this is a short presentation and it's meant to be presented to students at an introductory level, not to professors or colleagues.