CAPSTONE PRESENTATION ON A HISPANIC TOPIC
FOR GRADUATING MAJORS IN SPANISH
The capstone is:
- A maximum ten-minute oral presentation (10% variation permitted, approximately nine minutes, which is about four pages of double-spaced text). Time limitations will be enforced.
- A target-language presentation which may focus on a topic of the student’s choice, but must be a topic chosen in conjunction with, and approved by, a mentoring faculty member in Spanish no later than two academic weeks before the presentation date.
- Submission of the approved topic must be made via email to the chair and must be made no later than ten calendar days before the presentation date.
- The presentation will be to the FOL public, at least three faculty members in Spanish and any audience, on a date announced by the chair mid-way through each semester that a presenter will graduate. Students with compelling reasons why may request an exception in writing to the chair to do the capstone during their second-to-the-last semester.
- The presentation may include an illustrative power-point or visual aids but the student may not read from that power-point (maximum five slides), visual aids or from any text, though memory-jotting notes are permitted. The power-point must be furnished via email to the chair no later than one academic week before the presentation to be uploaded for use at the presentation.
- The presentation will be followed by a five-minute target-language question-and-answer period, three questions, each by a different faculty member, one question eliciting an answer in past tense, one eliciting an answer in the hypothetical and one eliciting an answer in the future.
- The presentation will be evaluated individually by individual FOL faculty members who are present using the ten-level ACTFL standards as a rubric for Department outcomes/statistical purposes. Standards available at ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012.
- With prior permission from both the mentoring professor and the chair no later than a week before the presentation, the presentation may be “double-dipped” content-wise with a presentation in a class but must be presented during a grouped presentation on a set single day each semester.