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FREN 332 How to React to a Presentation


First, study the poem before coming to class, and note your interpretation.


Remember that you are responsible for helping your colleagues perfect this analysis before they write it in its final form.

1) Therefore, make sure that they support their thesis statement(s). Ask questions to get more information if necessary.

2) If you have another interpretation that you still find logical after having heard the presenters', offer it (with your supporting arguments). As a result, we'll discuss other possibilities, and you'll give your colleagues new ideas.

Take notes during the presentation.

Contribute to the discussion.

Two types of contributions are very useful:

1) questions that oblige the presenters to think more deeply;

2) comments that offer a new interpretation or that support it. Questions of clarification are often necessary, but less useful to the presenters. Be sure to ask a probing question or offer a useful commentary.

How These Exercises are Graded

The presentation:

Your presentation grade will count as four individual class participation grades. Since half the grade will be a grade for the entire group, it's worthwhile helping your partners to prepare as well as possible; the other half of the grade rates what you do as an individual. The two grades will depend on your ability to explain and support your ideas and on the quality of your French.

Your reaction to presentations:

This individual grade will count as a class participation grade and will depend on the quality of your comments and questions. Work toward engaging in a true discussion.