VIDEO: Who needs lecturers anyway?
After a lecturer doesn’t show up, a first year English student at UoL decides to deliver the lecture himself
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When a dozy lecturer didn’t show up to deliver a first year English lecture on Modernism, UoL student Joel Pearce valiantly stepped up and gave the lecture himself.
After 20 minutes of no lecturer, Pearce decided to save the day, going to the front of the lecture theatre and delivering an improvised mini-lecture on Modernism.
Despite it being totally improvised, the lecture is actually fairly good – using phrases like “semi-comic, semi-tragic, quasi-philosophical text”, and waxing lyrical about “cohesive and tangible points”, it’s indistinguishable from the clever-sounding stuff that make up English lectures nationwide.
Anyone who’s been to a first year English lecture will no doubt see Joel Pearce’s effort as an improvement – speaking to The Tab, Jethro Jenkins (Pearce’s friend and cameraman in the video) said how much better this off-the-cuff lecture was than previous ‘professional’ lectures.
He said: “Joel was speaking from the heart, rather than from a powerpoint.”
“His talk was very informative, and also described on quite a human level. I think if everyone had listened and stayed they would have got a lot out of it.”
Like any students with better things to do, most of the class left after about 20 minutes – leaving only 6 people left in the lecture theatre to enjoy the improvised talk.
So, it turns out students can be better at giving lectures than academics – and during next week’s two-day strike, they might have to fill in a bit more often.
Watch the video here and judge for yourself: