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IB English I: Individual Oral Presentation
by « h e r e . i t . c o m e s » {THE SOUND OF DRUMS} (dragons_desire)
at May 13th, 2008 (04:49 pm)

Hello -- I'm new to this community, but I'm glad that I've found it.

Regarding the Individual Oral Presentation (from IB English I): I was wondering if anyone could give me any advice about what the expectations are, and definitely what not to do. I've got to deliver mine next week, and I'm still a bit unsure about what the examiners expect/if there are certain dos and don'ts of giving an IOP.

Anecdotes, lengthy personal accounts, and examples from what other classmates of yours did are all welcome and extremely appreciated (anonymously, if you would prefer).

Thank you!


Posted by: Amanda (papercolors)
Posted at: May 14th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)

1) don't do it the night before.
2) engage the audience. try to memorize your speech, give eye contact, speak loudly, use voice inflection— all those presentation skills.
3) make sure you hit time.
4) make sure your thesis is clear and concise.
5) if you use a PPT, do not make blocks of text or become too dependent on it.
6) generally, being able to "freestyle" instead of depending on your notes shows that you understand the content and know how to express it.
7) the iop can be very similar to an essay so make sure that throughout your presentation you keep referring back to your thesis. since this is an oral presentation, a little repetition helps the audience to remember the main core of your presentation.

Posted by: Choupette (yh_tac)
Posted at: May 14th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)

Consider doing a creative or unconventional topic. I've even heard teachers say it's easier to get a higher mark with a creative topic than a normal (one similar to an essay topic) question, and in my experience I've also found it true. For my oral, I analysed the major themes of Sophocles' Antigone by writing the outline for a modern version of the play, in which I compared the storyline to the position of David Hicks, an Australian imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay. The point is that although I don't think my analysis was nearly as sophisticated as many other people's that I heard, I think everyone was so impressed by the correspondence of my modern-day analogy that they perhaps didn't notice that so much, or thought that was good enough analysis in itself.

Also, make sure you include a lot of analysis of literary features. That's where I lost marks in my oral, and it's harder to do with a creative topic, so that's another thing to consider. BUT IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.

For me, choosing a topic that was interesting to both me and the audience was the key. Make sure you leave enough time at the end for your teacher to ask you questions, because they will try and help you with anything you might have missed. I'd recommend talking for 12 minutes and leaving the last 3 for questions.

Here are some other topics I can remember:
- the use of the child narrator in two short stories by David Malouf
- a comparison of two war poems by Australian poets
- an analysis of Gwen Harwood's 'Night Owl' (this was basically just a commentary, but given like an oral, obviously)
- A defence of Sophocles' Antigone, given by Sophocles (this was because Antigone was apparently quite controversial and different, so this person dressed up as Sophocles and defended it according to the traditional tenets of Ancient Greek theatre and it was AMAZING. I think she probably got a perfect mark)
- A comparison of two different English translations of Antigone

And so on. You can probably find more on the internet. Just don't leave it to the last minute, follow the criteria and you'll be fine.

Posted by: Женечка (lost_by_natural)
Posted at: January 29th, 2009 08:14 am (UTC)

hey, your iop idea sounds awesome! i am doing my iop in a month and so far this semestr we did Orwell's 1984, Atwood's Handmaid's Tale and Shakespeare's Othello. I was thinking of doing mine on Margaret Atwood Handmaid's tale, but i dont know which topic i should choose. But i want my presentation to be creative cause i kno i am not going to be able to pull out being the normal boring presentation- i hate analyzing and i am not good at it. Can you please help?

Posted by: supergreat1 (supergreat1)
Posted at: January 5th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)

Can u tell me more about the antigone of how you did this and some more ideas on the antigone play. Did you performed or something?

Posted by: supergreat1 (supergreat1)
Posted at: January 5th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
IoP Help

And you know for defending Antigone, did that person gave a speech of how Antigone was right because of the following things and explaining them.

Posted by: Mar (emeyar)
Posted at: May 14th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)

make sure you're extremely comfortable with your topic! my teacher almost chose mine which kinda lead her to disapointment when i didnt do it the way she expected.

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Posted by: ibconfused32 (ibconfused32)
Posted at: June 9th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)

how did your presentation go?? i don't want mine to be like an infomercial and i have to present in 2 days and i don't have a topic...

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Posted by: vangogh222 (vangogh222)
Posted at: October 20th, 2009 05:43 am (UTC)

sorry, i know it's been a while since u responded to the thread. But, could you please kindly forward your IOP to me at chanky620@hotmail.com? Thank you very much :)

Posted by: foiegrass (foiegrass)
Posted at: July 9th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)

Hey, i read your comment and I think i want to do an unconventional style for my IOP as well. such as dressing up and doing up a speech. can you kindly send your IOP to me foiegrass@gmail.com :) thankyouu

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Posted by: foiegrass (foiegrass)
Posted at: July 10th, 2008 11:15 am (UTC)

thank you very muchh can't wait to receive it thanks

Posted by: joanchiang (joanchiang)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2008 11:15 am (UTC)

Heyaa, could i too get a copy of your iop? :) THANKS

Posted by: njib (njib)
Posted at: March 10th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)

I know its way after when you first talked about this but could i also see your iop if you still have it, im doint great gatsby too and need some ideas. My email is mattstyp@comcast.net Thanks!!!

Posted by: nduyanh (nduyanh)
Posted at: January 14th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)

hi :) it seems like you have posted this for a while, but I rly rly need it now :P I'd be grateful if you can send it to be to meo_u_1012@yahoo.co.uk if you still have it.
all the best!

Posted by: bahahadone (bahahadone)
Posted at: February 18th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)

I know this is really late but could i get a copy of that too.
im doing the Great Gatsby for my IOP and I have nooo idea on what i should do.
help X ]
email: xcarmeldelightxx@aim.com

Posted by: starryknight22 (starryknight22)
Posted at: November 24th, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)



Posted by: Lindy van den Bosch (princess_lilam)
Posted at: May 14th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)

Reading all of this makes me so happy that I am done with IB.
Exactly 9 years ago to the week! :)

Good luck

Posted by: g ♡ (__inthemaking)
Posted at: May 14th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)

When I did my IOP, it was a comparitive between two works..I forget what exactly, did it a year ago (I'm in IB2 now..my last exam is tomorrow, actually :D!).

Basically go over all your points and have a rough outline of the main points you want to hit and examples in front of you..I had some notes, not the whole essay written out though because I didn't want it to sound memorized/read off the paper. Aim to speak continuously for around 12 minutes or so, and then your teacher should ask you questions for about 3 minutes to bring the IOP to a total of 15 minutes.

Make sure you don't go below 10 minutes..then there's just a lot of dead silence and a lot of questions will have to be asked in order to fill up the 15 minutes, which would reflect badly on your mark. Also don't speak for too long or your teacher won't have time to ask questions. The questions are meant to enhance particular points that your teacher believes you should go into more detail about and are there to help you, good luck!

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Posted by: "Genius, led by Study, wears the crown." J.S.M. (acid_gloss)
Posted at: December 13th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)

What did you mean by this: "If you do something unconventional (like challenging the very cirriculum you're studying- I disliked the unbalanced gender perspectives)..." I'm intrigued and I'd like you to elaborate. :)

Posted by: stephyang78 (stephyang78)
Posted at: February 27th, 2010 11:16 am (UTC)

i need to give a presentation on this book too! what examples did you use from the book for your presentation??

Posted by: laurenthedino (laurenthedino)
Posted at: January 13th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)

So, I'm try to do my IOP on Flannery O'Connor and how if she was a man her works would be perceived differently but after doing a ton of work :( I realized she pretty much shows no feminism in her works and even dropped her first name so her writing would actually be read. Sooo I'm stuck for ideas on how to proceed. Help?

Posted by: flipmee93 (flipmee93)
Posted at: February 16th, 2010 01:21 pm (UTC)
IOP Proposal

hiya -- i know there's like no chance of this being answered, but i have to submit my proposal today and i have only been able to think of one. our teacher says we need 3 total so if one sucks or is taken or something... anyways, just hoping that someone *might* stumble along here and help me out. my first (and only) proposal (as of right now) is on Fiela's Child: Matthee uses the elephant cow's hunger for revenge for the death of her calf as a metaphor for Fiela Komoetie's hunger for justice and her desperation to recover Benjamin.
the other books we've read are: "Master Harold" ...and the boys; Dancing at Lughnasa; and The Bell Jar.
please please please if you have any ideas about these sorry about the desperation and the bumping T_T
i have to submit it by 2:00 this afternoon...

Posted by: alex2286 (alex2286)
Posted at: November 23rd, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)

Please would you be able to send me a copy, or anything that can help me get an idea of what do do for an IOP!
I need help creating one!

Posted by: Kaila Rose Varano (Kaila Rose Varano)
Posted at: January 8th, 2012 09:18 pm (UTC)

Is there anyway I can have a copy of the IOP as well? I have no idea where to start and I have to presnet next week as well! Thank you, this was a very imformative blog :) Email: Kailarosevarano@aol.com

Posted by: ina (rekindled_light)
Posted at: May 12th, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC)

Hey, so, I’m doing my IOP on The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. I’m thinking of doing something regarding the theme/motif (I’m not entirely sure of the difference, to be honest), of family/familial relationships. But, I’m not sure where I’m going with it. Any advice on should I go about doing it? Thanks (:

Posted by: mop flap (mop flap)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2012 03:08 pm (UTC)

Hey guys um, im reading all these posts and is my teacher doing something wrong? Because we have to do our iop on revolutionaries like martin luther king jr. And nelson mandela and well i dont want to get screwed by the ib examiners because my teacher doesn't know what he's doing

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