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ERIC Number: ED389010
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-May-23
Pages: 16
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Non-Traditional Approach to Teaching Speech--It's Effective.
Brown, David H.
The purpose of teaching speech is to give students enough basics and practice so they can become more confident and effective at the podium. Theory may be useful but there is no substitute for practice: students in a speech class taught at a community college gave six speeches during the semester, three of them solo speeches and two in groups. The process of making students into confident speakers begins with the instructor's getting to know each student and his or her fears, weaknesses or concerns. Students are then introduced to a system of speech preparation, outlined in a recently published book, "I Would Rather Be Audited by the IRS than Give a Speech." The instructor first talks about the PA system, which stands for "purpose" and "audience," both of which the speaker must be well aware. Then he introduces his "Popeye System," or POPI, which stands for preparation, organization, presentation, and improvement. All these areas are key to controlling anxiety. Most fears stem from not turning on the "PA system," and from lack of "preparation" and "organization" because the purpose and audience are not clear. A speaker cannot correctly present if the preparation and organization are haphazard. After the speeches are given, the instructor gives a grade for each element of the POPI system because some students are better at preparation and/or organization than presentation. Group exercises are enjoyable--a lesson in interpersonal communication. (Grid grade system is attached, as well as an outline of the course.) (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Language: English
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