Success with Cross-Cultural Presentations


November 17, 2007, Saturday, 1:10pm - 3:50pm


Professional Development Conference Room (A413)
Wayzata Central Middle School (Yucai Chinese School)

305 Vicksburg Lane, Plymouth, MN 55447 Google Map


Colleen Meyers, Center for Teaching & Learning at the University of Minnesota.


This event is free, and open to public. Registration is highly encouraged.

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We are excited to invite Ms. Colleen Meyers, who teaches in the Center for Teaching & Learning at the University of Minnesota, to give MN-CITA members a talk on presentation and communication skills. Colleen is the co-author of Communicate: Strategies for International Teaching Assistants and The Pronunciation for Success teacher-training materials and self-study course. She has over twenty years' experience working with ITAs from China. Colleen recently completed a Fulbright Grant in Ankara, Turkey.


  • Hour 1: Organization & Multimedia
    • speaking vs. writing in English
    • how to make good ppt. slides
    • how to organize a presentation for a US audience
    • phrasal stress & pausing
    • practice in pairs/small groups
  • Hour 2: Establishing Rapport
    • how to make small talk with Americans
    • non-verbal communication
    • having an interesting opening
    • tone of voice
    • practice in small groups/pairs
  • Hour 3: Handling Questions
    • cross-cultural differences in responding to questions (China vs. US)
  • ARAG strategy
  • lots of practice in small groups


To show respect to the lecturer and audience, please come on time if you plan to be at the event.


To help the organizer better prepare this free event, you are strongly encouraged to register for the event:

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