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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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