Oral Contributions to Tutorials and Seminars

The following criteria are applied when assessing general oral contributions to classes:

    -Coherence: clear and audible speech; development of argument in clear steps; consideration of possible counter-arguments.
    -Relevance: focus on the points at issue, avoiding wandering from the subject at hand; use of pertinent examples.
    -Conciseness: making points with appropriate brevity.
    -Awareness of others: a good oral contributor does not dominate proceedings, but contributes to the generation of discussion between the various members of the class.
    -Maintenance of interest: enthusiasm for subject; appropriate level of detail; engagement with other members of the class.
    -Answering questions: understanding the question and answering directly.
    -Raising questions: seeing issues raised by discussion; clarity of formulation of questions; relating them to statements made by other members of class.
    -Awareness of historical issues: consideration of relationship with key themes of course; capacity to show how specific topic fits in with wider historical area.
    -Awareness of historiographical issues: mastery of secondary literature; awareness of any relevant debates; contextualisation of any original ideas being put forward.
    -Relating to other relevant topics: issues of comparison, including those beyond the focus of the course.
    -Accuracy: factual accuracy.

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