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ERIC Number: EJ1123042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0826-435X
Honing EAP Learners' Public Speaking Skills by Analyzing TED Talks
Leopold, Lisa
TESL Canada Journal, v33 n2 p46-58 2016
Despite the importance of public speaking skills for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) students' academic and professional success, few EAP textbooks incorporate authentic, professional speech models. Thus, many EAP instructors have turned to TED talks for dynamic speech models. Yet a single TED talk may be too long for viewing in class and may limit students' exposure to various speech styles. In the classroom activity described in this article, students listen to short clips from several TED speeches to learn techniques for making supporting points memorable; they then apply these techniques to their own extemporaneous speeches. This article highlights the critical need for authentic speech models in EAP courses; fulfills the need for authenticity by describing a lesson that utilizes several short, dynamic clips from TED talks to teach students how to use compelling support in presentations; and highlights positive student learning outcomes from student presentations and reflections over six semesters of instruction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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