I am currently teaching a 4 month course of business English at a travel company and have this idea of asking my students to present English tenses and other grammar points in front of the class, instead of having me doing that (a little bit tricky? No. I believe many have done that, and the idea of flipped classroom that has been a hype lately has inspired me in doing this).
But first, before I ask them to prepare their own presentations, I have to make one myself as an example (only as an example – sometimes it’s difficult to ask students [especially Indonesians] to make or create something without an example. So before they ask me to give an example and I come unprepared, I’m making one for them now). Since the topic of their first presentation session is tenses, I will have to start with the first tense: the Present Simple Tense. Here it is the Prezi I made, a very simple presentation and you can make ones that are more complicated.
If you’re having trouble viewing this presentation, you can also view it on Prezi site here The Present Simple Tense.
My impressions on Prezi:
- It’s fun.
- Very easy to make.
- Very visual and attractive – think about increasing your students’ attention span.
- Very simple and clean.
- Although it needs internet connection, it doesn’t really require large bandwidth to view.
- Downloading portable Prezi is not recommendable as it takes years (not literally) – applies in Indonesia with regular modem-based internet access only.
I’m assuming that many people (read: my business English students) haven’t tried Prezi, so there are 2 main tasks that I will have to do. The first would be to guide my students’ presentations on tenses. The second would be to guide them on using Prezi.
If you’re interested in using Prezi and haven’t tried it yet, feel free to sign up here Prezi Sign Up.