Close the door and please be seated. It’s time to begin our first Theme Meeting!
Let us give you a review of what our business-themed Theme Meeting is all about.
We began with our Variety Session with session master Kevin Harryyanto, who acted as a CEO and encouraged participants as employees to brainstorm an idea for a new product for sale. The participants all had great ideas, from the realistic ones to ones that are out of this world such as an exploding mobile phone.
Following the Variety Session, we had 4 excellent prepared speech speakers. The first speaker is Nikolas Adiprasetya with his C2 speech “Home“. Nikolas talked about how he left home and studied abroad for years in Malaysia, Mainland China and currently Taiwan. He described what he had been through and his feelings of homesickness being away from home in Indonesia.
The next speaker is Angela Huang with her C2 speech “Irreversible Time“. Angela talks about her precious moments with her grandfather, who taught her Japanese when she was younger. Her memories of her grandfather, as well as the desire to make him proud led her to choose Japanese Language and Literature as her major in NTU.
Our third speaker is Jacky Chen with his C3 speech “Challenges and Opportunities facing Taiwan’s Economy“. He discussed about present-day Taiwan’s economy and how it is faced with many different challenges and opportunities which can shape the future of Taiwan’s economy.
Last but not least, we had Kevin Tseng with his C5 speech “How Powerful are the Waffles?" He took a humorous approach to discuss about international trade, explaining that the ingredients that makes waffles all have their own economic history and how trade affects their prices today.
The marathon of prepared speeches was preceded by a small Intermission, to be continued by our Table Topics Session, led by Charlotte Gu. Dressed in a business casual attire, she asked interview-style questions for the audience to ponder, as if she was an interviewer who seeks for new employees. “What is the driving force of your life?" she asked in one of her questions.
We also had our first Workshop led by Maggie Lin. She gave tips and insights for incoming freshmen on how to prepare for their C1 speech. She also gave ideas on what to talk about and several examples of C1 speeches given by senior members.
The four prepared speech speakers did a great job in presenting their speech, but they need to be evaluated by Individual Evaluators.
IE Jason Chiang went first to evaluate on Nikolas with his C2 speech. Jason mentioned that Nikolas used contrasting situations, which generated a vivid image for the audience to imagine. He continued by saying that Nikolas’ speech is touching, and that Nikolas spoke English fluently, confidently and persuasively, all the while at ease and comfortable on stage. Jason ends with a suggestion for Nikolas to speak slower so that the audience can follow and understand his speech.
We then have Jason Chen who evaluated on Angela’s C2 speech. Jason described that listening to Angela’s speech is just like watching a retrospective documentary movie. Angela’s speech allows the audience to recall of their past memories as well. Jason suggested Angela to use more body movement on stage to make the story even more vivid, and to talk about what she would do if she can go back in time.
Jacky Chen’s C3 speech was evaluated by Phoebe Chen. Phoebe states that Jacky’s speech is very well-organized. The structure of his speech made his points very clear and that he managed to get to his main point. Phoebe suggests that Jacky could try to grab the audience’s attention since his topic is a serious one and that not many people may be interested in Taiwan’s economy. Jacky could try using body movement and vocal variety on stage.
Our last IE is Samin Leong, who evaluated Kevin’s C5 speech. Samin explains that Kevin’s speech about the power of international trade is a demonstration of the power of creativity in itself. A standard approach on explaining international trade maybe too serious and boring for some people, but his creative approach piques the audience’s interest. His speech structure is very complete, with a proper introduction and conclusion. Kevin achieved his C5 goal, which is to use body movements, by maintaining good eye contact with the audience as well as using proper hand gestures and walking on stage to interact with the audience. Samin suggests Kevin to design the slide in a way that the audience can read the text of the slides. She also suggests to reduce the factual data and numbers since it can distract the audience from the main point of the speech.
The meeting is concluded with evaluations from our Language Evaluator Chia Hau Chang and General Evaluator Angel Lee.
The following is the language evaluation by our LE.
Good use of English throughout the meeting.
Lay out time frame in English using tenses:
- Action that has been done: past tense.
- Ongoing situation hasn’t ended: present perfect.
- Completed action before something else in the past: past perfect.
Expressing mood in English:
- There are 3 moods: indicative mood, subjective mood and imperative mood.
- Subjective mood: refer to something that is conditional.
- Present subjective: e.g. if I were to lead, I would address the economic problem differently.
- Past subjective: e.g. If I had been in other school, I would have ended up in a different career.
Use prepositions properly.
- E.g. In Taiwan, I’m in Taipei, I’m in a school, on the 14th of October
In particular, “of” can define possession.
- E.g. I’m a student of NTU.
In English, the describing noun is at the back, the described noun is at front. In Mandarin, it is the opposite.
- E.g. student of NTU (台大的學生), 3000 of the tuition (學費的三千塊)
Toilet compartments: stall.
Move factories out to another country: outsourcing.
Company is publicly traded on the stock market: listed company
Definite articles not used for proper nouns
- E.g. the Taiwan, the China.
- Unless in the proper nouns contain the word “the” in it
- E.g. The Philippines, The Netherlands.
- Seldom use definite articles to uncountable
- E.g. “I drink water” is different from “I drink the water”
Numbers in English progress with 3 orders of magnitude (thousands, hundreds, tens)
Numbers in Mandarin progress with 4 orders of magnitude (萬，千，百，十)
Always use the microphone, especially in a business setting e.g. conference room with interpreter, otherwise not everyone can hear what you say.
The following is the general evaluation by our GE.
- Although innocent and nervous in the beginning, introduction of speakers and transition is very well
- Use a lot of ways, especially linking to the theme of the meeting (business) e.g. scenarios, questions, interviews.
- Introduction is good, new members can practice speaking on stage by being a helper (speaking the introduction of helper).
- Suggested to memorize the script of introductions (mini speech, practice on the stage).
- Timer introduction can introduce his role by showing the boards and explaining the time for each session. E.g. prepared speech: 5, 6, 7. Table topics: 1, 1.5, 2. Evaluation: 2, 2.5, 3
- Session master lets people understand the purpose of the session quickly to leave time for audience to discuss.
- Separate audience in a fixed number of groups and each group will have a topic.
- Make the questions in a separate slide with a bigger font.
- Very smooth, fluent, well prepared and well researched (researching different C1 speeches of previous members).
- GE thinks that this C1 workshop is the best that she has heard.
- Well designed with a good introduction, including timing rule.
- Good questions, especially “What’s the driving force of your life.”
- IE did a good job in encouraging and providing constructive practical suggestions to the speakers.
Prepared speech speakers
- Well prepared and have interesting sentences
- Nikolas: “30 or 40 years will never come back again”, “Now you are closer to your parents so please cherish your time with your parents”
- Angela: “Older people have a lot of stories to tell, please cherish it.”
This concludes our Theme Meeting #1. If you missed it, don’t worry! We still have our Theme Meeting #2.
See you then!