We assist students in fully utilizing their learning opportunities and in developing and refining the skills needed for academic excellence in the 21st century.
Integral to the educational mission of Middlebury College, Learning Resources develops, provides and coordinates a variety of offerings designed to support and enhance the academic excellence and scholastic achievement of all Middlebury students.
Italian Department Learning Goals for the Major
Upon completion of an Italian major, students will possess advanced linguistic proficiency in Italian in speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing. During their Senior year, students will write a research project in Italian, in which they will show their ability to analyze critically literary texts, art works, and social issues in Italian, by using the appropriate vocabulary.
Oral Presentation Skills
Director of Learning Resources, Yonna McShane, believes that every student can become an effective public speaker. She teaches a Winter Term course on Oral Presentation (INTD 1090 Excelling at Oral Presentation) and works with students individually and in groups to improve their public speaking skills. You can download the rubric Yonna uses in her classes or see it below.
Oral Presentation Rubric
ORAL PRESENTATION TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT RUBRIC (McShane 2009)
Title of Presentation:
The following are all important aspects of an excellent presentation. The speaking skills of the presenter (delivery), as well as the structure and content of the presentation should all be considered in the overall assessment of the quality of the oral presentation.
Rating Scale: (1) PROBLEMS (2) GOOD (3) VERY GOOD (4) EXCELLENT
Tools for Academic Success
Peer Tutoring and Mentoring
Peer Tutors, Peer Writing Tutors, and FYSE Mentors are Middlebury College students who assist Middlebury students in content areas, writing, oral presentation, time management, and study skills.