Good to know this topic interests you. As Chen Lin said, we tried to condense the content on the PPT; however, there was still too much information on them due to the complicity of the topic. We didn't notice that at all. Thanks for letting us know :)

chen lin:
I'm sorry that I'm still too nervous to remind myself about my vocal filler.:( However, about our visual aids, due to our serious topic, we had already tried our best to find some proper pictures. As for the problem of too much words on the PPT, thanks to your advice, next time we will be more careful on this.:)

The followings are comments from the classmates & me. To present their comments precisely, I do not change any of their wordings. Please take the comments positively. J

Read the comments carefully. Some comments are contradictory; you should think about those comments more carefully to figure out the reasons. After reading the comments, write down your feedback to the audience.

In terms of organization:
1. The Preview part is good.
In terms of ways of delivery:
2. Quite fluent.
3. Chen Lin used too many vocal filler “yeah”
4. Well-prepared speech.
5. They are very familiar with the policies. They also handle the Q&A well.

In terms of visual aids:
6. The content and the ways of delivery are good. But there could be more pictures in PPT.
7. There are too many words in one slide.
8. Too wordy PPT.
9. There are also many charts in the PPT. It’s easy for us to compare the information.
10. Using charts make your presentation professional.

In terms of content:
11. They research the topic deeply and made good comparison. Furthermore, they give good reasons to the situations and differences.
12. Good to see some statistic data.
13. Less explanation of cohabitation caused by “cultural factors”


Chen Lin & Jessica

Definition of “culture”:
In our opinion, culture is a combination of language, living habits, religions, body languages, values, traditional festivals, historical events, etc. Each element has their impact on the whole culture while the culture also affects them in a significant way. However, among all the elements, we think that “language” plays the most important role in a culture. A language reflects its history, collective conscience of a nation, and especially, their logic of thinking. So when facing the same situation, people from two different cultures and speaking two different languages might have two opposite reactions or explanations.

Topic: Cohabitation in France

Cohabitation is widely approved in France even if they have children without a marriage. The government even provides a well-constructed welfare for those cohabitants, for example, a contract to ensure each other’s rights. Since our society structure has reformed due to the acceptance of new values, the marriage rate has declined and the birth rate likewise. But we found that on contrary, in France, the marriage rate falls while the birth rate rises. Why is there such a difference while both societies accept the same value of not getting married?

Cohabitation is a common phenomenon which is not only in France, but in the whole Europe. They choose civil union instead of marriage, even if they have children. In France, less and less people get married but the birth rate in France is the top one among other European countries. In other word, having children is not the reason why they don’t want a marriage. To know better about this issue, we will introduce the new type of family in detail with some statistics about the marriage rate, the rate of cohabitation, the birth rate in France. Furthermore, the social welfare, the specific laws for them, some related social issues and even some problems in France will also be discussed. We will also compare the conditions in Taiwan with France: the problems of the declining birth rate and the way we think about unmarried mothers.

With understanding this topic, we can tell the differences between France and Taiwan, including our values, our societies and our cultures. Different cultures will bring different influences on the social values, the policies of government and even the structure of the society. To understand other cultures by their social issues might bring us some new thinking and other angles to see the phenomenon and problems in our society. If we could learn something from them no matter it is positive or negative, it might help us to improve our society to a better place for everyone.