ERIC Number: ED220905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
An Alternative Approach to the Treatment of Stage Fright in the Required Public Speaking Course.
Because students with stage fright are numerous, different from their college peers, and capable of being helped, the University of Illinois has created stage fright sections within the basic speech course. To meet the behavioral objectives of the course, the student should be able to define stage fright and recognize its common symptoms, describe personal symptoms and their physical and psychological causes, state and use methods for controlling stage fright, and exhibit normal levels of physical manifestations of stage fright during class presentations. These stage fright sections differ from others in the basic speech course in that students self-select them, only "satisfactory"/"unsatisfactory" grades are given, only 7 to 13 students are in each (as opposed to 18 in a nonstage fright section), no written examinations are given, and assignments stress discussion and group work, with performances focusing on only one skill. Graded assignments include dyad introductions, oral readings, shield speech, group project, demonstration speech, ad analysis, editorial review, and speech to persuade. Both pretest and posttest results and student evaluations indicate that the first semester of the course was a success. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Stage Fright
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (68th, Louisville, KY, November 4-7, 1982).