ERIC Number: ED421008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
From Contests to Cocktail Parties: Strategies for Impromptu Speaking.
Katchen, Johanna E.
Classroom techniques are offered for teaching students how to present a spontaneous (impromptu) speech in a second language, such as for use at a job interview or cocktail party. It is first suggested that such classroom activity be graded minimally to help lower students' level of apprehension. Then strategies for approaching impromptu speech development are discussed, including arriving at a topic (through student suggestion or brainstorming, speech contests, teacher's selection), finding a thesis statement or main idea, and developing the idea. Some topics call for narration, some for description, and some for argumentation. Recommendations for tailoring the topic to the students are offered. Classroom preparation time and techniques are discussed. A section is devoted to preparing students for the specific demands of speech contests. A list of possible topics is appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the TEFL Oral Skills Conference (Taiwan, 1996).