82-172 Elementary Japanese II Spring 2005

Hotel Presentation


  1. This is the first extensive oral presentation of a speech you create with the language.
  2. Your task is to create an ideal hotel and describe it to the audience. Suppose you are in charge of advertising the hotel and you must attract as many people as possible.
  3. The audience will rate each described hotel to indicate how much they would like to visit your hotel to stay.

Due Dates

  1. The presentation is scheduled on March 21, Monday, 22 Tuesday.
  2. You are required to submit a script a week before the presentation day [ March 14, Monday]. Please be sure to meet the deadline so that you will have sufficient time to revise your draft before the presentation.
  3. There will be SA sessions to help you improve the quality of your first draft. You may receive a bonus point (see the evaluation section for details) for a very well written first draft.
  4. We will spend some time in class to practice on March 18, Friday. It is important that you can smoothly read your script at least, if you have not memorized everything.

What to write

  1. Please include basic information such as location (Is it in the U.S.? Japan? Outer space?) and facility (including with what your hotel is equipped and what guests can do there).
  2. The best language to be used is vivid (paint a picture of what your hotel looks like for the listener), specific (give details; describe what one can do in your hotel, describe the hotel, using appropriate adjectives), and simple (easy to understand). Since there is no instant replay, your listeners need to be able to understand you the first time. 

Vocabulary & Expressions

  1. You are encouraged to use a wide variety of expressions. There are many useful expressions in this lesson that you can use in your speech such as the potential form (One can do...),  the expression [Verb Te form + arimasu] to indicate something is hung, stored, placed and so on. Take full advantage of these expressions to enrich your speech.
  2. You are encouraged to use a variety of vocabulary. However, try your best NOTto use new words found in a dictionary so that you will not lose your audience!


The length for the draft should be about 2 pages, double-spaced (make sure that there is sufficient space for the instructors to write in feedback), which should be the equivalent of approximately two minutes of (practiced, uninterrupted) oral presentation.

Presentation Style

You will have only 2 minutes for the presentation. As a principle, please memorize your speech to make an effective presentation, although you may use index cards on which you have written down outlines (NOT the entire speech). Repeated practice is extremely important for a smooth presentation.

Evalutation (5%)

You can download the evaluation sheet from here . You have to have Japanese fonts installed in your computer to view all characters in the PDF file.

Creative Dialogue Presentation

You will be asked to present your own dialogue instead of the textbook dialogues.
  • You will be assigned to work with another student (or two) to create your own conversation. Your conversation should go beyond simply replacing some words from the textbook dialogues

What to write

Topics and situations are up to you. Three things to keep in mind, however, are;
  1. Your conversation must include a description of a certain place (your hometown, Pittsburgh, etc.)
  2. The length should be at least 8 exchanges.
    1. One exchange= Aさん「 ~~~~~~~。」 Bさん「 ~~~~~~~。」 
    2. Simple 「はい。」or 「いいえ。」and the lke will not be counted.
  3. Your conversation should include at least three new expressions from L.6.
  • 「~た(verb informal past) +ことがあります」"one has done..."
  • 「~すぎる」"too... "(e.g., 食べすぎました。長すぎる。)
  • 「~なる」"to become..." (e.g., 大きくなりました。元気になりました。)
  • 「~たら」"if..; when..." (e.g., 日本に帰ったら~。よかったら~。)
  • 「あげる/くれる/もらう」 verbs of giving and receiving
  • 「つもり」"to plan to do..." (e.g., 来年、日本に行くつもりです。)

Due Dates

Script Due: TBA
発表 (presentation): TBA

Evalutation (5%)

  1. Content : Information of certain places, Cultural appropriateness
  2. Expressions: Appropriate use of expressions from L.6 (at least 3 new expressions), Grammar and vocabulary accuracy and appropriatenes. (Please try not to use many new words.)
  3. Presentation manner: Memorization, Fluency & Clarity
  4. Others: Speech balance between the two (or three) people,Length, Quality of the script,Meeting due dates, Incorporating the feedback, etc. 
  • Academic integrity: The script must be created by you. Please read our syllabus.

Last updated on March 18, 2005

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