Pecha Kucha

The pecha kucha format requires a presenter to narrate a slideshow of 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide, adding up to a total time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Be sure to set your slideshow to automatically advance every 20 seconds. In addition to the time constraint, another rule your presentation must follow is the 1/1/3 rule. That is, you must have at least one image per slide, you can use each exact image only once, and you should add no more than three words per slide. The formal constraints of this rigid format call for discipline, focus, practice, and paradoxically, creativity.

To see some examples of pecha kuchas, visit You can find any number of guides to making pecha kuchas online, but an excellent starting point for students is Richard Edward’s tips and strategies for pecha kuchas.

As for the contents of your presentation, it can be focused directly on the critical readings or creative works on the syllabus for that day, or you can branch out to introduce new concepts or works related to that day’s themes.

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