Oral Communication Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan uses a warm-up activity, discussion, quiz, main activity, and extension to help your students understand the basic components of proper oral communication.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, students should be able to:

  • come away with a basic working knowledge of oral communication
  • apply basic oral communication skills in a classroom setting
  • identify the advantages/disadvantages of oral communication in various settings
  • understand the different forms of oral communication


45-90 minutes without the activity


  • Art supplies for visual presentation or access to software

Curriculum Standards


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.


Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any fallacious reasoning or exaggerated or distorted evidence.


Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.


Warm Up Activity

  • Start the class with the following activity:
    • Students should get into groups of 3-4.
    • They should list 1-2 reasons for why oral communication is better than written communication and 1-2 reasons for why/when the reverse may be true.


  • Play the video lesson Oral Communication: Definition, Types & Advantages and watch it as a class. Have students take notes.
  • Once you've watched the video, stop for a discussion:
    • What is oral communication?
    • When would you use oral communication?
    • What are the different forms of oral communication?
    • Have the students compare their thoughts on the advantages/disadvantages of oral communication during the warm-up to what they've just learned.
    • Ask students what the five different tips are for oral communication and write these on the board for future reference in the activity.
  • Ask if there are any remaining questions before moving on to the quiz.

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