ERIC Number: ED232223
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Improving Oral Reports: A Heuristic Approach.
Glossner, Alan J.
A student's fear of giving oral reports and the instructor's objection to using too much class time on oral reports are often seen as the major barriers that prevent an oral communication unit from being included in a business or management communications course. One approach to easing both concerns is the use of videotaping as a self-discovery technique. The planning, taping, and reviewing of the tapes may require about 15 hours per semester, but only 3 or 4 of those 15 hours need be actual class time. The subject of the oral reports can overlap with a writing assignment in which students are required to write abstracts of articles that deal with specific communication skills. Students should be told in advance that one of their articles will be the basis for an oral report, which is a three- to five-minute presentation giving a short personal reaction. The oral report is videotaped and evaluated by presenter and peers, but is neither evaluated nor graded by the instructor. As the students come to realize that the videotape captures their entire effort, they see and discover patterns that no amount of oral or written criticism could possibly communicate. Free from a concern about grades, students can cope with their fear and focus on those characteristics necessary for an effective oral report. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Oral Reports
Note: Paper presented at the Eastern Regional Meeting of the American Business Communication Association (Philadelphia, PA, April 20-22, 1983).