I had a presentation during English class today. My topic was "My Favorite Piece of Architecture." I had spent a lot of time preparing the presentation to make the powerpoint and write the script last week. My major is architecture but my classmates are not architecture majors, so I had to explain in easy-to-understand words.
I have gotten familiar with presentations because I have to do a presentation once a week at university, but only using Japanese. It was my first challenge doing an English presentation. I made slides with a lot of photos that showed buildings, because visual information is essential when talking about architecture. Although I had written the script on Lang-8 before class, I ad-libbed. I did not want to give a presentation just reading a manuscript. I was at a loss for words a few times, but I was able to explain somehow.
After the presentation, in a question and answer session, we had a long discussion.
I discuss architecture everyday, but I could not have predicted some of the questions. Because they are ordinary people taking an architecture class, their opinions and points of view are novel for me. We were able to have a substantial discussion, and I was delighted that they were surprised and interested in my slides.
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