ERIC Number: ED217418
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Oral Presentation in the Business Communications Course: An Interdisciplinary Approach.
Nelson, Charles W.
The teaching of public speaking and oral presentation is a challenge to many business communication instructors. One solution is an interdisciplinary approach involving the cooperation of the speech and business administration departments. In the first week of the quarter the business communications instructor has conferences with the students to explain that they will be required to present a 15-minute oral summation of their final reports. The students then meet with the advisors from the business college and discuss possible topics for their reports as well as the materials available for research. By the third week of the quarter, topics are formalized and a schedule for presentations is set up. By the middle of the term, each student gives a brief, oral progress report. This is followed by a discussion on oral reports and the concepts of audience, purpose, and presentation. To augment this coverage, a speech instructor takes the class for the next two periods and focuses on the specialized aspects of performance. The speeches themselves begin about the seventh week. On the day of the report, each student's outside consultant, as well as the speech instructor, is present in class to help with the evaluation. The final grade is based on the observations and criticisms of all of these faculty members. Two potential difficulties with such an experiment are scheduling and unwieldy and esoteric topics. Nevertheless, the approach does work well and improves the communication skills of the students. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (33rd, San Francisco, CA, March 18-20, 1982).