ERIC Number: ED303839
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Lecturing Skills: Some Insights from Speech Communication. Teaching tnd Learning at Indiana University Series.
Andrews, Patricia Hayes
Lecturing is essentially a form of public communication. Hence public speaking literature can be used to learn more about how to improve lecturing skills. The following objectives can help the lecturer be effective: (1) exercising/gaining control of the class; (2) highlighting major ideas; (3) setting the stage for forthcoming activities; (4) showing one's own interest and enthusiasm for the subject; and (5) providing a role model of good public communication skills. As with any teaching method, there can be pitfalls. The lecturer can try to cover too much material; fail to prepare adequately; be perceived as disorganized or unclear; inadvertently encourage student passivity; ignore student feedback; fail to formulate good examples; and display distracting or poor delivery. There are, however, several ways for people to improve as lecturers, such as acknowledging/dealing with speech anxiety; anticipating the teaching environment; planning carefully for each lecture; combining lecturing with other teaching techniques; organizing the lecture according to sound principles of speech construction; using visual aids when appropriate; delivering the lecture extemporaneously; demonstrating respect for student reactions; and seeking feedback on teaching. (MS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington.
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