ERIC Number: ED390107
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
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Enhancing Extemporaneous Speaking Skills in the Advanced Oral Communication Course and Team Testing Techniques in the Basic Course.
Reppert, James E.
In an advanced oral communication course, students make five major presentations. One of the foundations of extemporaneous speaking is the ability to outline relevant points and phrases in a coherent, orderly manner. Advanced students must be able to take any topic and dissect it quickly to determine the most succinct way to present it to an audience. The first assignment is an impromptu exercise similar in format to a collegiate individual tournament event; the second assignment is designed to aid research skills. Speeches to entertain are the third assignment, and a symposium is the fourth presentation. The final assignment, where students are paired for mini-debates, combines research, quick thinking, analytical skills, and argumentation. In a basic speech course (averaging about 25 students) at Southern Arkansas University, team testing techniques are used. The process serves to enhance interpersonal interaction, collaborative thinking, and innovative thought. Students are divided into five groups and told that two grades will be given them in the discussions, group and individual. The preparation process is considered as well as the quality of the presentations. Decision-making is democratic, and groups have 2 weeks to collect data and to practice their presentations. Problems sometimes do arise, but students usually make the most of their speaking and research abilities. (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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