This article outlines a series of short oral assignments designed to help alleviate some of the anxiety that many students face when giving public presentations. The assignments consist of: giving an impromptu speech, giving a spoken performance of a song or poem of their choice, and a short reading from a children’s book. Each of these assignments are seen as building blocks, methods for reducing nervousness, methods for building confidence, while concurrently developing peer support as students are working towards a more formal presentation later in the semester. There should be a class debriefing/discussion after all three assignments have been completed. Here, students share their personal experiences and provide ideas to each other for successfully presenting their final speeches.
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Peterson, Stacey A.
"Towards Curtailing Speaker Anxiety Via Impromptu and Oral Interpretation,"
Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal: Vol. 34
, Article 12.
Available at: http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/ctamj/vol34/iss1/12