ERIC Number: ED340082
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Improving Confidence, Clarity, and Fluency in Public Speaking Skills of Middle School Students through Innovative Instructional Techniques.
Mobley, Donald Graham
A practium study sought to improve the confidence, clarity, and fluency of 115 seventh graders' public speaking skills. Students' public speaking skills were evaluated before and after the practicum by rotating peer review committees of three students each. The first month the practicum focused on self-esteem and a study of the history and diversity of the English language. In the second month, vocal production techniques, nonverbal communication techniques, characteristics of good speakers, and speech organization techniques were emphasized. The third month of implementation focused on students' application of speaking skills in various domains of public speaking (using class discussions, interviews, and storytelling), and on student critiques. During the fourth month, emphasis was placed on speaking to inform, persuade, and entertain. Months 5 and 6 provided time for students to strengthen their oral communication skills as they gained experience in interpretive speaking, debate, and drama. The practicum was concluded in months 7 and 8 with public speaking forums in which students selected their own types of public speaking. Final evaluations showed that the percentage of students: (1) exhibiting self-confidence while speaking to an audience increased from 33% to 88%; (2) clearly articulating and projecting the voice at a suitable rate of speed increased from 37% to 91%; and (3) demonstrating fluency in context, organization, vocabulary, and usage increased from 25% to 82%. (Two tables of data, a list of 72 references, and appendixes containing the speaking evaluation form and a monthly log form are included.) (SR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.