ERIC Number: ED318223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
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Public Speaking and International Career Development in the Foreign Language Business Course.
Johnson, Susan M.
A method of teaching public speaking adapted from the Toastmasters International program is presented for use in foreign language classes. Instructions need only to be translated into the target language and presented to students for immediate classroom use. The instructions address the structure of the speech class, writing and delivering the speech, evaluating a classmate's speech, and making the first speech. A companion activity for the first speech simulates a business reception in which students create their dream businessperson. The object is to stay in character, make small talk, make contacts, and remember details about as many other participants as possible. A career development component for the foreign language class is seen as equally important. The steps used in the career development component are drawn from those commonly recommended in career counseling literature. Students are advised to choose a direction, brainstorm on careers in a variety of areas, sift out inappropriate careers, choose a potential career for a semester-long focus, conduct an information interview, deliver a speech on the chosen career, research potential employers, prepare and perform mock job interviews, and deliver a final speech. A companion activity is a business trip to a local multi-national firm. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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