English teachers are known for assigning talks and lectures
to be presented to the class. Although such presentations are
sometimes interesting to the student audience, more often
than not they are boring and seemingly interminable.
One type of oral presentation is a demonstration. Instead of
lecturing, the student actually performs some kind task in front
of the group and narrates as he goes along. The possibilities for
creativity are endless. Demonstrations can range from making
an omelet to styling hair to building a Lego castle.
Note: A few years ago, two students of mine recited the
balcony scene from “Romeo and Juliet” as they
prepared no-bake chocolate balls which were later
served to the students. It was a huge hit.