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ERIC Number: ED399586
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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The Modification of the Basic Speech Course for Speech Apprehensive Students.
Ragsdale, Vicki Abney
This paper begins by pointing out that approximately 15-20% of college students suffer from a fear of public speaking, and that a 1993 study of 369 students at Northern Kentucky University revealed high levels of speech apprehension (SA) at the beginning of the semester in the introductory speech course. The paper reports that although end-of-the-semester results were better, many students did not reduce their apprehension levels. The paper then describes the development of a special SA section of the Speech 101 course at Northern Kentucky, offered each fall and spring semester. The paper discusses recruiting techniques, publicizing the program, and interviewing for course enrollment. The SA course content mentioned in the paper includes cognitive, affective, and behavioral techniques for apprehension reduction. The paper offers teaching techniques, such as partners, methods to desensitize conspicuousness, modeling, and impromptu speeches, and also gives grading and counseling center advice. The paper also reports that a review of pre- and posttests for all semesters shows that the special SA section has been a success. Samples, including forms, a syllabus, and schedules are appended; contains 11 references. (CR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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