Pecha Kucha: Transforming Student Presentations

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Patrizia M. J. Hayashi, Meikai University; Sarah J. Holland, Toyo University

In this paper, 2 English language teachers explain why and how we used pecha kucha in our university English language classes, including the benefits and the challenges of conducting the task. Pecha kucha is a presentation style with strict guidelines that provides students with skills that go beyond the academic world. This task-based project not only touches on the 4 skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, it also engages critical thinking as students must consider carefully their choice of visuals and synthesize their information into 20-second segments. Teachers become facilitators as students take control of their learning. There is growing recognition among university educators about the need to provide students with opportunities to learn skills, such as ITC skills, that make them employable in a 21st-century workplace. A pecha kucha task is a means to develop students’ language and technology skills simultaneously in a challenging yet productive way.