ERIC Number: ED336768
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Enriching the Basic Course via One Simple Project.
Vallin, Marlene Boyd
A project increased both interest and learning in a basic public speaking course, alleviating public speaking fears and promoting respect for the discipline. The specific purpose was to illustrate what makes a good speech through the analysis of a published speech chosen from designated collections in the library. Small group problem-solving techniques and group presentational skills were used, as students formed 6 groups of 4 members each to make 15-20 minute presentations to the class on the topic "What Makes [a] Good Speech?" Each group chose a short speech from designated collections in the library. The project reinforced and reviewed rhetorical theories previously taught by the instructor, helped to lessen speech anxiety, fostered social relationships within the class, taught students about the advantages and problems of working within a group, convinced students that oral presentations must be carefully planned and rehearsed, afforded an opportunity to handle audio-visual aids, and taught students an appreciation for oratory which recognized its literary quality as well as its rhetorical purpose. (A handout detailing the project and a group presentation evaluation sheet are included.) (SR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (Pittsburgh, PA, April 25-28, 1991).