Teaching materials for Public Speaking
I'll be teaching Public Speaking course next academic year in a university.
I was wondering if anyone knows any good teaching materials on Public
Speaking. Please recommend. Thanks.
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- Kevin asked:
> I was wondering if anyone knows any good teachingBelow is a review of a very popular public speaking
> materials on Public
textbook widely used in Japanese universities. I
think it represents the strengths and weaknesses of
the book accurately.
Speaking of Speech: Basic Presentation Skills for
Beginners. David Harrington & Charles LeBeau. Tokyo:
Macmillan Languagehouse . 1996. Pp. 105. \1,800. ISBN
How do you teach presentation skills to students with
only basic English ability? Speaking of Speech: Basic
Presentation Skills for Beginners (SOS) is an
excellent starting point for language instructors
seeking an introductory level text. SOS uses a
well-organized step-by-step approach to effectively
introduce beginners to presentation skills needed in
public speaking. Emphasizing �ehow to�f instead of
�ewhy,' David Harrington and Charles LeBeau have
written a text that is short on theory but long on
practical exercises and activities.
The textbook is visually appealing. For instance, on
the front cover the authors use a cartoon illustration
and a creative title to produces the clever anagram
SOS. The three objectives of the text are presented in
different ways. The objectives are represented first
on the back cover using a flow chart, then in the
introduction written in a style students can easily
understand, and finally by using a simple diagram in
the overview. The layout of each page and especially
the signposts that clearly divides each skill module
into different sections catches the eye. Also, the
text is well illustrated with lively cartoon figures
that are appealing to Japanese students who grow up
reading manga. The formatting and organizational
techniques that are systematically used throughout the
text reveal the authors�f concern with the learning
process and their attempt to address the many
different learning styles of students.
Three modular activities, called messages, neatly
divide the text. First, the physical message
introduces body language, eye contact, gestures, and
voice inflection. Next is the story message that
focuses on organizational skills. And finally, the
visual message introduces the learners to the
importance of visual aids for presentation. Each
message is divided into easily understood target
skills. Every target skill module is broken into
different sections that explain what the target skill
is, how it is used, and why it is important followed
by activities to practice the skills. Each target
skill module ends with a speech and an evaluation that
focuses on the target skill that was learned.
In the what section, the authors often use analogies
to connect the target skill with the students'
existing schema to engage interest. For example, the
presentation structure is introduced by comparing two
different types of conductors on a train. In the why
section, they often contrasts good examples of the
target skill with poor examples. Some of these
exercises and answers are included in the accompanying
tape and are in a playful tone. In the how section,
learners are introduced to verbal and non-verbal tools
to help them in using the target skill. The tape is
most useful in this section. The practice section is
very effective because it focuses on interactive tasks
where each target skill is practiced and integrated in
meaningful group settings which encourages cooperative
learning rather than competitiveness. As the text
makes clear, the only way for speakers to become more
comfortable giving presentations is to give many
presentations. So each target skill module closes with
a speech followed by an evaluation activity that is
short, simple and focuses on the target skill that was
introduced. This organizational pattern is used for
each skill that is introduced throughout the text and
helps connect the messages together while continuing
to recycle and build upon previously learned skills.
The text�fs overriding strength is its sound
organizational pattern that leads the student from
simpler, less abstract skills to more challenging
cognitive skills. Exercises and activities that are
based on active and cooperative learning techniques
and strategies build up skills throughout the text.
This gives beginners the security and comfort needed
to create a meaningful learning environment. The
text's subtitle is Basic Presentation Skills for
beginners, but these sound practices also allow this
text to be used by more advanced students for
self-study or as a simple reference guide. Simply
stated, SOS is a "user friendly" book that is
beneficial to a wide range of students.
However, one weakness in the organization of the text
is that it leaves the "visual message" until last.
From my experience in the classroom, if adequate
techniques for using visual aids are available to
students early, then they will begin to rely on visual
aids for support while speaking instead of a script or
notes. By emphasizing the importance of the "visual
message" at the beginning, the text would give
students an additional aid to comprehension that could
help them better understand and organize their ideas.
Speaking of Speech provides a solid foundation of
basic presentation skills. However, as with any text,
sound pedagogical practices demand that teachers know
their students' needs. SOS�fs step-by-step approach
easily enables teachers to adapt and expand on
particular aspects of presentations that their
students deem necessary. Harrington and LeBeau have
crafted a text useful in any language learning setting
where speaking is required. I would strongly recommend
SOS to all students and teachers.
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--- konggrich chansamphan <coolkk@...> wrote:
> I'll be teaching Public Speaking course next
> academic year in a university.
> I was wondering if anyone knows any good teaching
> materials on Public
> Speaking. Please recommend. Thanks.
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