Pecha Kucha & #English #Language #Teaching: What The Reviewers Are Saying

What Are The Reviewers Saying? Take a look for yourself below:

5.0 out of 5 stars
Thomas Baker does an Excellent Job in explaining Pecha Kucha
April 18, 2014
By Dennis Waller

I had heard of Pecha Kucha before and really didn’t know anything about it But I do know Thomas Baker and in his classic teaching style, enlightened me to the wonder world of the Japanese phenomena known as Pecha Kucha, a style of presentation involving 20 slides for 20 seconds each, think “power point” and you’ll get the gist.

Thomas goes into remarkable detail with the best way to use this system and how to make it work for you. I really appreciated the links to the videos as that was a big help to me. All in all I’m excited about this concept and plan on using it at my next lecture.

As always, Thomas Baker does an excellent job in explaining the subject matter in an easy to understand format and can highly recommend any of his books.


5.0 out of 5 stars
This should be required reading for teachers!
May 1, 2014
By Casey H

This book has everything that teachers need and want about an instructional technique. Pecha Kucha presentations history, pronunciation, uses and adaptations. Pecha Kucha is a simple idea that can pay big dividends in any classroom worldwide. Thomas Baker explains clearly, shows multiple examples of students and teachers successfully using Pecha Kucha presentations around the world. This book should be required reading for all teachers. You will rethink everything you have been doing with Power Point presentations after reading this book.


5.0 out of 5 stars
A compelling case for a teaching technique
April 18, 2014
By ChristophFischerBooks

“Pecha Kucha & English Language Teaching” by Thomas Jerome Baker presents a compelling and fascinating case for a ten year old presentation and teaching technique, called Pecha Kucha. Although I no longer prepare presentations myself the technique of using 20 slides for the duration of 20 seconds each makes a lot of sense to me.

To me the most important and convincing aspect is the comparison with power point presentation. In my opinion, images are so much mroe suited to convey information, especially since social media and the information age have reached such epic proportions of data being thrown at us every minute of the day.

Baker gives a detailed description of the history and background of the method, its varied uses and advantages. He also discusses the best ways of preparing a Pecha Kucha and its best applications, particularly in English Language Teaching, and discusses the implications for academia.

He skillfully added links into the ebook to give examples of Pecha Kucha. This seems a very promising concept, thanks to a very powerful and enthusiastic writing style. I hope the book will contribute to the spread of the technique in wider areas of teaching, since its advantages seem compelling.


5.0 out of 5 stars
Presentation constraints
May 5, 2014
By Uvi Poznansky

In an easy-going, engaging tone, the author takes it upon himself to teach you about Pecha Kucha. First, he invites you to listen to recordings of the name, pronounced by Japanese people in three syllables, ‘pe-chahk-cha.’ The meaning of the term is similar to the English term ‘Chit-chat’ and it encompasses several principles of effective communication executed with powerful, economic means.

Pecha Kucha Night was devised in February 2003 by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Tokyo’s Klein-Dytham Architecture. The basic requirement is simple: Each presenter shows 20 images on screen for 20 seconds each. 20 X 20. Within this timing limitation, text-heavy slides become ineffective, and the presentation relies on the direct, descriptive ‘chit-chat’ of the presenter, best honed through rehearsal and refinement.

The fast pace requires that the message for each image be crystallized for best effect, and the the equal time levels the playing field for Pecha Cucha competitions between presenters. The technique imposes unique constraints on what they construct, which is a good thing. “Constraints frequently help liberate content and stimulate creativity.”

This is not a new invention, rather it is one that is continually honed by us, starting perhaps in prehistoric times. When bringing up cave drawings, the author explains, “No one needs a cave man to verbalize what you are seeing. You feel it – through your eyes – to your brain – to your emotions. It’s visual storytelling.”

Fittingly, the book itself seems to be written according to the principles it describes, using several mediums such as voice recordings and images that accompany nearly each page, and illustrate the verbal with audio and visual means. My favorite advice is actually a question, posed to students of Pecha Kucha:: “Consider your 20 slides as 20 panels in a graphic storyline. How do your 20 panels flow together to create a cohesive statement or a consistent through-line?”

I was given a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. My only critique is that for me, the book is too short. I think that the implications of the presentation technique can easily be studied on a larger scale, beyond the school environment, which is near and dear to the author, but to the business community as well.

Five stars.


About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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