Pechakucha Presentations in the Classroom – Supporting Language Learners with Public Speaking


Presentation skills are vital for language learners, but traditional PowerPoint presentations are often intimidating for second language students because of their length. They can also be very boring with students speaking slowly and hesitating constantly. Pechakucha presentations are a special type of presentation that was initially started in Tokyo, but has now spread all over the world. Each presentation consists of twenty slides; each slide is on automatic timer for twenty seconds. For this reason these are sometimes known as 20/20 presentations. The fast pace, but short time period is ideal for language learners. Each slide lasting only twenty seconds reduces pressure on students to memorize long passages, whilst the slides changing automatically discourages hesitation or going off topic. The slides are also very simple and visual. This paper will outline how the unique nature of the automatic timings in Pechakucha presentations can be used to motivate and support students with public speaking in their second language. It is also ideal for classrooms, when there is a limited time period to watch numerous presentations. The presenter will outline how Pechakucha can be used as an entire course to teach public speaking, but also as an activity and evaluation tool that could be used in any class. The presenter will share classroom materials that have been used very successfully in a monolingual situation in Japan encouraging public speaking with intermediate level students.

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Frances Shiobara, Kobe Shoin Women's University, Japan

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Conference: ACLL2015
Stream: Innovative language teaching and learning methodologies

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