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Ch 20: Teaching Oral Communication

About This Chapter

Check out this chapter for a comprehensive overview of methods for teaching oral communication. You'll study discussion, listening, and presentation strategies that promote communication skills in students.

Teaching Oral Communication - Chapter Summary

Review what you've learned about oral communication curriculum development with the lessons in this chapter. Effective communication requires a variety of skills besides talking. A proficient communicator must also understand his or her audience through critical thinking and active listening skills. To instruct students how to communicate well, it's important to focus on the variety of factors that influence a person's ability to communicate effectively. The lessons in this chapter will cover a variety of topics related to teaching oral communication, including:

  • The process of communication
  • Techniques for promoting class discussion
  • The role of technology in oral communication
  • Critical listening skills
  • Methods for identifying the main point, facts and opinions, and arguments in others' discussion
  • Strategies for analyzing the audience and adapting a speech to keep it audience-centered

Our instructors have formulated these lessons to help illustrate the material in way that's engaging as well as effective. You'll find enjoyable and informative video and text lessons that exhibit the information in a manner that's easy to comprehend. For the video lessons, you can utilize the clickable timeline to easily navigate the video and review particular portions of the lesson. After each lesson, a quiz is available for you to test your knowledge of the topics. At the end of the chapter, take the cumulative exam to see how well you've absorbed all of the material. Remember that you can reach out to our instructors if you have any additional questions.

14 Lessons in Chapter 20: Teaching Oral Communication
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Group Discussion: Questions, Topics and Activities

1. Group Discussion: Questions, Topics and Activities

Have you ever found it difficult to start a group discussion? Or once you've started one, have you ever found it hard to keep it interesting? This lesson provides some basic parameters for what makes a quality group discussion, examples of good questions that promote good conversation, and methods that help keep the discussion interesting.

Techniques for Leading a Classroom Discussion

2. Techniques for Leading a Classroom Discussion

Classroom discussions are a great way for students to get the most out of their time in class. This lesson will give you a few techniques to help your students get the most out of their discussions!

Class Discussion: Activities & Ideas

3. Class Discussion: Activities & Ideas

In this lesson, we will discuss the importance of class discussions. We will also review several different types of class discussion activities that are appropriate for a variety of grade levels and subjects.

Class Discussion Rubric

4. Class Discussion Rubric

This lesson provides an overview of rubrics and what to consider when making a class discussion rubric. It also includes tips for using rubrics during class discussions. A short quiz follows the lesson.

Using Technology to Develop Oral Communication Skills

5. Using Technology to Develop Oral Communication Skills

Technology is a game changer in terms of the way we communicate. This lesson will discuss the many ways that technology can be used to develop oral communication skills. We will end with a brief quiz to see what you have learned.

Critical Listening & Thinking: Evaluating Others' Speeches

6. 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.

Listening for Agreement & Disagreement

7. Listening for Agreement & Disagreement

Listening for agreement and disagreement can be tough if English isn't your first language. Here are some tips and practice questions to help you make it work.

Listening for the Main Point

8. Listening for the Main Point

In this lesson, you'll get some tips on listening to a passage of spoken English for the main point. Don't get bogged down in the details; focus on what's really important!

Listening for Facts and Opinions

9. Listening for Facts and Opinions

You may know that facts are concrete observations, whereas opinions are thoughts on those observations. But have you ever thought about how people hide opinions in facts? This lesson explains how.

Types of Speeches: Informative, Persuasive, and Special Occasion

10. 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.

Developing an Audience-Centered Presentation

11. Developing an Audience-Centered Presentation

A presenter has to be able to develop an audience-centered presentation to target the wants, needs, motivations and characteristics of the attendees in order for the message to be delivered appropriately.

Adapting to Your Audience During and After Your Speech

12. 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.

The Style of a Speech: Speaker, Audience & Purpose

13. 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.

Major Differences Between Oral and Written Language Styles

14. Major Differences Between Oral and Written Language Styles

Several differences contrast oral and written communication. Some differences seem obvious, but there's more to it. Retention, preciseness and engagement are just a few main differences.

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