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Ch 16: High School English: Speaking & Listening Skills

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Top instructors have developed fun lessons students can review to better understand how to develop speaking and listening skills. Critical listening, informative speaking, style of speech and visual aid use are a few topics covered in this chapter.

High School English: Speaking & Listening Skills - Chapter Summary

This chapter makes it easy for students to comprehend the development of speaking and listening skills. Broken into engaging video and text lessons, this chapter covers ways to prepare for and contribute to discussions, use nonverbal communication during speeches, convey meaning in public speaking and much more. Lessons are accompanied by short quizzes students can take to assess their knowledge of concepts covered. Upon completion of this chapter, students will be prepared for the following:

  • Entering a discussion ready to engage about topics, texts and issues
  • Contributing to a classroom discussion with confidence
  • Enhancing critical listening skills by evaluating others' speeches
  • Identifying the purpose and types of informative speaking
  • Helping audiences learn during informative speeches using specific strategies and tips
  • Discussing factors that influence a speech's style
  • Conveying meaning in public speaking through the use of vocal qualities
  • Explaining why and how to consider pronunciation, articulation and dialect in public speaking
  • Describing the importance of nonverbal communication during speech delivery
  • Ensuring effective use of visual aids by taking specific steps before and during the speech

10 Lessons in Chapter 16: High School English: Speaking & Listening Skills
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Coming to a Discussion Prepared

1. Coming to a Discussion Prepared

How do you come to a discussion ready to share your point of view? What if you still have a lot of unanswered questions? This lesson describes tips for getting ready to engage with others about topics, texts, and issues.

How to Contribute to a Discussion

2. How to Contribute to a Discussion

In this lesson we explore some of the best ways to contribute meaningfully to classroom discussion, from making sure you are prepared to making sure your answers are concise.

Critical Listening & Thinking: Evaluating Others' Speeches

3. Critical Listening & Thinking: Evaluating Others' Speeches

Critical listening skills go far beyond just hearing a speaker's message. They involve analyzing the information in a speech and making important decisions about truth, authenticity and relevance. Learn about critical listening and thinking skills in this lesson.

Informative Speaking: Purpose and Types

4. Informative Speaking: Purpose and Types

Informative speeches are written to inform your audience about a topic. There are several classifications that can be used depending on the purpose of your speech.

Helping Your Audience Learn During Informative Speeches: Strategies & Tips

5. Helping Your Audience Learn During Informative Speeches: Strategies & Tips

An informative speech is given to teach the audience something new. To do this, there are a few things to keep in mind. Keep your speech relevant, interesting and full of engaging and useful information.

The Style of a Speech: Speaker, Audience & Purpose

6. The Style of a Speech: Speaker, Audience & Purpose

When writing a speech, a writer should consider the speaker, audience and purpose of the speech. Each factor influences the overall style of the speech.

Using Vocal Qualities to Convey Meaning in Public Speaking

7. Using Vocal Qualities to Convey Meaning in Public Speaking

To keep your audience engaged, it is important to consider vocal qualities like volume, pace and pitch. These qualities are what keep your speech not only interesting but also engaging. Learn about vocal qualities in this lesson.

Considering Pronunciation, Articulation, and Dialect in Public Speaking

8. Considering Pronunciation, Articulation, and Dialect in Public Speaking

The speaker's culture and habits often have much to do with the vocal traits of a speech. Thus, punctuation, articulation and dialect are three very personal aspects of speech delivery.

The Role of Nonverbal Communication During Speech Delivery

9. The Role of Nonverbal Communication During Speech Delivery

When delivering a speech, your body movements tell almost as much about your message as your actual speech. Eye contact, body orientation, posture, facial expressions and gestures play into how your audience perceives your message.

Using Visual Aids During Your Speech: Guidelines & Tips

10. Using Visual Aids During Your Speech: Guidelines & Tips

Visual aids can help your speech or presentation be even more successful. There are some important considerations when planning to use visuals. Watch this lesson to find out what to do before and during your speech to make your visuals effective.

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