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ERIC Number: EJ888846
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
Using a Speech Apprehension Questionnaire as a Tool to Reduce Students' Fear of Public Speaking
Ablamowicz, Halina
Communication Teacher, v19 n3 p98-102 Jul 2005
This article presents an activity that makes use of a questionnaire similar to a Personal Report of Communication Apprehension (PRCA) which elicit students' responses about their previous speaking experiences, their own definitions of anxiety and its causes, and their plans for future careers. This activity is aimed at helping students overcome their fear of public speaking. The significance of this activity lies in the fact that public speaking is one of the greatest fears among Americans, and at the same time, it is considered as one of the most desirable and sought after skills. Thus, those who teach public speaking need to develop new and more effective tools to teach students how to gain control of their nervousness and make that nervousness work for them. Using an open-ended questionnaire as a classroom activity offers an additional strategy for students to help them overcome their anxiety. In the end, they will find the course to be a positive experience rather than a dreadful requirement everyone must take.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Personal Report of Communication Apprehension