Ch 10: MTEL Speech: Public Speaking

About This Chapter

Review what you know or learn new facts about the public speaking process. Use our video lessons and quizzes to help you prepare for these types of questions on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Speech exam.

MTEL Speech: Public Speaking - Chapter Summary

The lessons contained in this chapter provide you with the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of public speaking strategies and methods. You will learn how to develop public speaking skills and how to research and develop a good speech. Once you have firmly grasped the concepts discussed in this chapter, you should have the ability to demonstrate the following and correctly answer public speaking questions found on the MTEL Speech exam:

  • Explaining the benefits of public speaking skills
  • Detailing the process of public speaking
  • Comparing public speaking and casual conversation
  • Identifying the three types of speeches
  • Understanding your audience when delivering a speech
  • Applying audience adaptation methods
  • Describing materials used to create a factual speech
  • Knowing how to cite sources correctly

Instructors explain this material in an easy and engaging manner, using examples and illustrations to make learning these topics fun. You can use the self-assessment quizzes accompanying each lesson to measure your progress using the same multiple-choice format found on the actual MTEL Speech exam.

MTEL Speech: Public Speaking - Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Speech exam is a tool used to assess one's understanding of the use of public speeches, public speech delivery methods and effective public speaking processes. The Public Speaking chapter addresses techniques for planning, developing and delivering speeches and the application of strong public speaking skills. The public speaking subarea of the MTEL Speech exam accounts for 40% of the multiple-choice portion of the test, which reflects 80% of the entire test. There are 100 multiple-choice questions and two open-response questions on the Speech exam.

MTEL exams are administered to elementary, middle and high school teachers in Massachusetts to assess their communication and literacy skills as well as specific content area knowledge. The MTEL Speech exam is computer-based and requires a passing score of 240.

9 Lessons in Chapter 10: MTEL Speech: Public Speaking
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What Is Public Speaking and Why Do I Need to Do It?

1. What Is Public Speaking and Why Do I Need to Do It?

Public speaking is the process of communicating information to an audience. It is usually done before a large audience, like in school, the workplace and even in our personal lives. The benefits of knowing how to communicate to an audience include sharpening critical thinking and verbal/non-verbal communication skills.

Public Speaking as a Communication Process

2. Public Speaking as a Communication Process

Public speaking is a process of communicating to a large group. It involves a sender, receiver and a message. The message is sent through various channels and generally results in feedback from the audience.

How Public Speaking Differs from Casual Conversation

3. How Public Speaking Differs from Casual Conversation

Public speaking and casual conversation are similar in that they are done to inform, persuade or entertain an audience. They are different in that public speaking is more structured, is spoken in a formal language and has a formal delivery.

Types of Speeches: Informative, Persuasive, and Special Occasion

4. Types of Speeches: Informative, Persuasive, and Special Occasion

There are essentially three types of speeches public speakers use to influence their audience. In this lesson, we'll look at those three types of speeches and how each serves a different purpose.

Be an Audience-Centered Speaker: Focusing on Listeners' Needs

5. Be an Audience-Centered Speaker: Focusing on Listeners' Needs

The best way a speaker can ensure that his message is communicated effectively is to consider his audience and their biases and beliefs. Getting to know and understand the audience will help to create a speech that carries meaning.

Adapting to Your Audience During and After Your Speech

6. Adapting to Your Audience During and After Your Speech

Preparing for your speech is only one way in which a speaker can ensure audience adaptation. You need a keen eye for non-verbal cues during and after the speech to determine whether your audience is paying attention.

Types of Supporting Materials for a Speech

7. Types of Supporting Materials for a Speech

When you are developing a speech, you need research to back up your claims. You can use different types of supporting materials strategically to help you. In this lesson, you will learn about these supporting materials and how to use them in your speech.

Selecting Relevant Support for Your Speech

8. Selecting Relevant Support for Your Speech

Supporting materials are the foundation of any good speech. This lesson shows you how to find the right type of supporting materials for the ideas and concepts in your speech!

Citing Sources While Researching for a Speech

9. Citing Sources While Researching for a Speech

Citing sources while researching for a speech is an important, yet overlooked skill. This skill can help you develop your speech and avoid plagiarism. Learn the tips and tricks for citing sources and researching in this lesson!

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