ERIC Number: ED220903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Speech Anxiety Program at UTK: A Training Program for Students with High Public Speaking Anxiety.
The University of Tennessee (Knoxville) offers as a special section of the public speaking curriculum, a "speech anxiety" program, taught by faculty and graduate students from the speech and theatre and educational psychology departments and staff from the counseling services center. The students spend the first few weeks of the special section developing more positive attitudes about communicating. In about the third or fourth weeks of the quarter, they deliver a 2 to 3 minute speech defining a term or phrase to a lab group of about 8 or 10 students with whom they have previously engaged in several interpersonal or small group exercises. These speeches are videotaped and later shown to the students to give them a base for measuring improvement in specific speech skills. A portion of the course grade is based on improvement in specific skills. The course also deals with other aspects of speech preparation including the development of effective supporting material, organization of the speech, and audience analysis. A videotaped speech by the instructor provides a model for the students. At the end of the quarter, students comment on the elements of the class that have or have not been helpful. The most commonly mentioned helpful aspect of the course is the "graduated approach" to giving a speech. Anonymous student evaluations completed at the end of the class indicate a greater positive change toward the special section than toward other sections of the class. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Tennessee Knoxville
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (68th, Louisville, KY, November 4-7, 1982).