ORAL COMMUNICATION Public speaking in the classroom INFORMATION LITERACY PROGRAM Prof. Lourdes Cádiz, Librarian
WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES Provide instruction for English students to build, practice and enhace their oral communications skills like: present a cleary message, convincingly, in a organized fashion.
Provide useful handouts and tips that the students can apply in the final evaluation of the course.
Public Speaking It is not a natural activity. Oral communication or public speaking is an academic skill. It’s like a performance. It aims towards and objective, in response to a broad range of public expectations.
Play your video performance.
Public speaking A good way of getting your views and message across at meetings, special events and other gatherings. It can be difficult to stand up and speak in other language in front of other people.
Complete a pre-test to evaluate your english communication level in your video speech.
PREPARATION IF YOU ARE GOING TO DELIVER A SPEECH AT AN EVENT OR MEETING, YOU SHOULD HAVE TIME TO PREPARE IT WORD BY WORD. MAKE SURE YOU DO THE NECESSARY RESEARCH , AND KEEP IT FAIRLY BRIEF SO YOU DO NOT BORE YOUR PUBLIC.
Take five minutes to read “preparation” in one of the handouts.
Tips on structure and content Introduce your team work, names and their study programs; Introduce the issue that you are going to discuss; Try to grab your audience’s attention straight away with a dramatic fact or a real life story;
Give a very brief outline of what your speech will cover and why the issue is important to the group.
Tips on structure and content In the main body of the speech: Make your content as concise and lively as you can, including examples involving real people, Always bear your audience in mind, Include vital facts from your research illustrating your main points,
Say what you think should be done about the issue and what your group are trying to do,
Tips on content and structure Explain how members of the audience can get involved, Say you will try to answer questions from members of the audience afterwards.
Thank people for listening.
General tips Try to relax. Remember public speaking is not a natural activity . No matter how nicely you’re dressed, no matter how clear and elaborate your powerpoints visuals, sooner or later YOU WILL HAVE TO SPEAK.
Speak slowly, loudly and cleary. PRACTICE…with a mirror.
Workshop Conclusion “ Nothing pushes students to do their best work like a professor who takes pride not in his or her own accomplishments, but in helping others realize their potencial.
Jason Dent, Philosophy, ’05.
Reference list Kinney, Kristi (Producer and Director). (1993). Powerful presentations skills: how to get a group’s attention, hold people’s interest and persuade them to act. [Video]. Boulder, CO: CareerTrack Publications. (PN301 .S5).
Lindegaard, Eugenia (Ed.). (2001). Enciclopedia del Empresario (2 nd ed.). Barcelona: Editorial Océano. (REF HD9715 .A2 E6).