Saturday, July 21, 2012

Presentation - Frank Gehry's Architecture

Watch the presentation at: (6.5 minute) presentation outlines some of the key arguments in favour of the work of architect Frank Gehry.  Intermediate students who watch this well-managed, yet informal presentation about the work of controversial architect Frank Gehry would probably benefit from a pre-viewing photo introduction to the architect’s work itself, which can be seen at:
The message of the presentation relies largely on the spoken word, as there are no written or other formal visual aids.  Naturally this means that this is not the best choice for demonstrating the complete presentation package to any students.  Despite this, the video does give intermediate students the opportunity to focus specifically on the spoken content of the presentation, such as linking words, organization of ideas and presentation structure
The body language of the presenter, although low-key, is something else of value that intermediate students could learn something from.  The gestures, eye contact, awareness and rapport he has with the audience are all evident and worth analyzing.
After watching the presentation, students could develop appropriate visual aids for the presentation by listening to and taking notes of the spoken message, identifying the key points made and presenting them in succinct yet accurate slide form.
A further follow-up exercise could be for students to give their own versions of the same presentation using the slides they have just developed.  Video recordings of the student performances could then be compared in a variety of ways to the original video clip.
This presentation works in conjunction with the discussion about Gehry at:
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