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ERIC Number: ED257143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Strategies for Reducing Fear in Students of Public Speaking.
Stewart, Robert
Based on his own experiences with public speaking courses, the instructor of a speech communication course for adults brings students to the task of speaking in front of the room gradually to reduce speech anxiety or communication apprehension. During successive class sessions, students speak sitting in their seats, standing beside their seats, sitting at the instructor's desk, standing behind it, then standing in front of the class. The instructor also distributes a mimeographed page containing succinct informaton on various kinds of talks, suggested topics for speeches, instruction on the use of index cards, and techniques for relaxation. To help students with phrasing and tempo in their reading, instructions on oral intonation are presented on another worksheet. To eliminate nervous hand gestures, a demonstration or visual aid speech is assigned when students are ready to speak in front of the class. The chairs in the classroom are arranged in a circle, and the instructor introduces himself to the class by his first name only. Finally, students are given an opportunity to listen to their tape recorded voices and critique their own diction. (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A