ERIC Number: EJ1093675
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
Disaster Day! Integrating Speech Skills though Impromptu Group Research and Presentation
Pruim, Douglas E.
Communication Teacher, v30 n2 p62-66 2016
Courses: Disaster Day (DD) is a single-class activity designed for public speaking classrooms, but could also be applied to courses addressing small group communication. Objectives: DD integrates fundamental skills of the basic speech course, fosters participation through group work, and introduces new concepts and skills. By the end of the activity, students should be able to (1) display fundamental speech skills by researching a topic quickly, organizing an informative speech, and delivering a presentation; (2) function effectively in a group by working cooperatively on a project with a tight deadline; and (3) understand basic elements of upcoming skills by creating an informative and visually appealing presentation for a mass audience before having visual aid instruction. DD has similar learning objectives to activities occurring later in the term (i.e., graded speeches) in order to introduce the students to expectations of future, more advanced assignments. As such, I do not treat DD as a graded activity, but rather a fun, low-risk, and useful practice opportunity.
Descriptors: Speech Skills, Cooperative Learning, Teaching Methods, Class Activities, Group Unity, Group Dynamics, Natural Disasters, Group Activities, Public Speaking, Research Skills
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