Cultural Group Presentation
Assignment Description: The goal of this group presentation is to simply inform the audience
by imparting knowledge and understanding about a culture/country outside of the United States.
Your goal is not to express your attitude or personal viewpoint on the culture. Just provide the
facts so the audience can decide for themselves.
Value: 170 points Total
Speech: 100 points
Written work: 70 points
Time Requirements: Each participant must spend 2:30-5:30 minutes on their particular portion
of the speech plus the group must include a least two activities to vary the speech (these two
activities do not count toward any individual’s speech time). I recommend each student choose
a topic from “below the surface” on the cultural iceberg. For example, interactive activities
might include a brief game, a worksheet, a before/after quiz, exercise demonstration, teaching a
folk dance from the culture, sharing cuisine from the culture, or introducing and role playing
greetings for this culture Each participant must spend 2:30-5:30 minutes on their particular
portion of the speech. I recommend each student choose a topic from “below the surface” on the
cultural iceberg.
If participation continues to be a problem for any particular group member, the group can come
to the instructor with the unresolved issues. In this situation, the nonparticipating student will
likely be asked to complete an individual informative speech on the due date with one interactive
activity and 5 sources.
Working Outline: The group chooses whether to turn in one group outline or individual
outlines. Use good organization as you prepare your speech. Remember:
1. Written in complete sentences with complete sentence main points.
2. Uses proper outline format (notation, indentation).
3. One source per person- citation (written) in the outline, works cited, and then state
aloud during speech.
4. Transitions employed effectively between Main Points.
5. A Bibliography or Works Cited list of your sources using MLA or APA format.
Visual Aids:
If you wish to use a visual aid, the audience should not feel that the visual aid has been thrown in
at the last minute or that the speech would have been equally good or even better if no visual aid
had been used. Refer Part 6 for types of visual aids and guidelines on preparing and presenting
effective visual aids. If using technology, always have a back-up plan. Visual Aids should
rarely have words- only materials that add to the message.
Sources: One source per person is required for this speech presentation. Consider the
legitimacy, recency, credibility, balance, and accuracy of your sources. State WHO the source is
and why they are qualified, not just the statistic/fact/quote/example from the source. A web
address is NOT a source; it is merely the location of the source. Cite the original source of the
information.
Your sources must be :
 cited aloud in your speech
 written into your Formal Outline where the supporting material from the source occurs
 listed in your Bibliography/Works Cited list.
Bibliography/Works Cited list: Required for this speech. List the sources using either MLA or
APA format. Include as part of your Formal Outline.
Cultural Group Presentation
Evaluation Form
Speaker ______________________________________________
Topic ________________________________________________
Rate the speaker on each point:
E-excellent
G-good
A-average
F-fair
Presentation Mechanics:
Gained attention and interest
Introduced culture clearly
Maintained strong eye contact
Natural and conversational delivery
Avoided distracting mannerisms
Articulated words clearly
Subtopics are unified and presented as whole
E
E
E
E
E
E
E
G
G
G
G
G
G
G
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
F
F
F
F
F
F
F
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
Cultural Components:
Subtopics chosen “below surface”
Depicts information accurately
Course concepts are stated
Relates information to course concepts
Hofstede’s dimensions are addressed by each individual
Group shows breadth of knowledge
Group does not cast judgment on practices of culture
Group presents information in comparison to US
E
E
E
E
E
E
E
E
G
G
G
G
G
G
G
G
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
F
F
F
F
F
F
F
F
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
Citations:
Sources cited clearly aloud
Sourcea from credible publication
Sources vary from more than one origin
E G A F P
E G A F P
E G A F P
Activities
Activity 1 planned, executed, and participative
Activity 1 planned, executed, and participative
E G A F P
E G A F P
P-poor
What did the group do most effectively? ___________________________________________________
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What should the group pay special attention to next time? _____________________________________
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General Comments _____________________________________________________________________
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Presentation SCORE
Written Preparation
/100
/70