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ERIC Number: EJ1035333
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
Reducing Vocalized Pauses in Public Speaking Situations Using the VP Card
Ramos Salazar, Leslie
Communication Teacher, v28 n4 p213-217 2014
This article describes a speaking problem very common in today's world--"vocalized pauses" (VP). Vocalized pauses are defined as utterances such as "uh," "like," and "um" that occur between words in oral sentences. This practice of everyday speech can affect how a speaker's intentions are interpreted due to the potential misunderstandings of the listeners; it also has become a common problem for instructors who assess speech performances. Reducing vocalized pauses can be challenging, but with effective practice and preparation, speakers can reduce or eliminate them over time. Speakers who become aware of their speech issues are more likely to improve on their speech habits, and thus practicing and reflecting after an exercise can benefit speakers. During the activity described here, students discuss the value of reducing vocalized pauses with their peers. Students enjoy practicing their vocalized pauses in a friendly environment with a supporting partner, and students tend to place a greater value in investing time to improve the verbal fluency of their presentations. Overall, this activity is effective and may assist communication instructors in reducing their students' vocalized pauses in their oral presentations.
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Language: English
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