ERIC Number: ED222968
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Forensic Coaches in Preparing Students for Original Speech Events.
Friedley, Sheryl A.
Assuming that the forensic coach should attempt to facilitate the students' success in original speech events as well as provide a basis for understanding communication skills to be transferred to other communication settings, the coach as "educator" is crucial. While the purpose of the coach is to guide and direct a student toward an appropriate topic--not dictate the topic--the coach should strongly encourage topic choice based on the nature of the event, competitor, situation, and audience. The student, however, should conduct the major portion of the research as an independent effort. Encouraging the student to explore a variety of resource materials and allowing the student an opportunity to exert considerable effort in the development of this project will invariably lead to a better understanding of the topic and greater satisfaction with the end result. While there are many coaches who encourage an extemporaneous style of delivery, such skills can be developed through other events, and there are valuable skills taught by the specialized care required in a memorized manuscript speech. Once the student has memorized the original speech, the coach should begin training the student to use his or her voice and body effectively in the delivery of the speech. Finally, a coach's input into critical evaluation can be invaluable. Analyzing formal evaluations outside the competition will enhance the value of the educational competitive setting. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (68th, Louisville, KY, November 4-7, 1982).