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ERIC Number: ED045644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Apr
Pages: 5
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The Instant Speech Evaluator.
Calenberg, Raymond N.
Wisconsin English Journal, v12 n3 p31-35 Apr 1970
The desired goals in public speaking can only be achieved if the evaluative process is constant and presented in a way which promotes desirable attitudes toward the evaluation process. The traditional methods of criticism--e.g., hand signals, flash cards, peer criticism, and oral and written teacher comments--are either post-performance types of evaluation or lacking in privacy. The Instant Speech Evaluator, an electrically powered light panel fastened to the speaker's lectern, provides both privacy and immediate feedback. This device, operated by the instructor from the back of the room, signals the speaker regarding such things as posture, speaking rate and volume, and eye contact. Speeches are also recorded on a two channel tape recorder which records the performance of the speaker on one channel and the teacher's signals on the other. In this way, both an immediate and post-performance analysis can be made of the speech and the speaker's responses to the light signals. Although a degree of distraction may result from the light panel, the most outstanding benefit to be derived from the use of the Instant Speech Evaluator is that it will enable the student speaker to immediately experience what is desirable in a public speaking situation, after making adjustments suggested by the teacher. (JM)
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English.
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