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AssignmentNow that you have read the research and viewed the video discussion on presentational communication, you will examine the topic further by looking at examples of student products and working backwards to determine how the presentational activities may have been designed.

The student work in these activities is the culmination of a four-week Russian II project called "Our Village." The overall project integrates all three communicative modes, but you will focus on the presentational tasks in these activities. The following is a description of the overall task presented to students by teacher Jane Shuffelton:

"Our Village" Task Description
We will create a village/state where we will work, govern ourselves, and discuss issues of importance to the village/state. We may decide to produce some items that we would offer commercially to a village/state in Anchorage, Alaska. Russian will be the official language of the village/state.

A. Written Presentational Task 1: A New Identity

For this activity, each student wrote a one-paragraph description of himself or herself to send to the other citizens of the village/state. In the following interactive activity, you will read one of the student paragraphs and work backwards to try to determine the paragraph's audience, purpose, genre, and theme.
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B. Written Presentational Task 2: The Village/State

For this activity, student groups created advertisements for the new village/state to try to entice people in Alaska to join them in this new world. In the following interactive activity, you will read one of the advertisements and work backwards to try to determine the ad's audience, purpose, genre, and theme.
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C. Oral Presentational Task

Now that you've examined how two written presentational tasks may have been designed, you will design an oral presentational task. Select one of the written presentational tasks and describe the final product of an oral presentational task that uses the same themes and content. Use the following questions to guide your writing:
  1. Who is the audience?
  1. What is the purpose?
  1. What characteristics of the given genre should students consider as they work?
  1. What is the theme(s) of the content?
  1. What vocabulary do students need to know and be able to use? What grammatical structures might dominate their speech?
  1. What linguistic and cultural goals do you want to meet with this assignment?
  1. How might you assess this presentation?
AssignmentWrite an oral presentational task summary to submit as an assignment.


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