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(V) To Inform - English Oral Presentation in 1 Semester 傳達式演講 - 3個月讓成都學生說流利英文
My course was called "Oral Presentation Training in US English". As we know by the name, there is a big part about “how to perform in front the audience”. In my previous speech "How to learn English?" in China, I usually had about one and a half hour, so I could only put the "informative speech" and "persuasive speech" into my contents along with some previous teaching experience.
I'll introduce the informative speech now.
For a student in the university, no matter from which department, there will be more or less some oral presentations, usually as final exams. When I was teaching in the Southwest Jiao Tong University, I had a class of the department of Business and Administration. The students from this department had much more chances of presenting on the stage than students from other departments.
These presentations are very important for college students, but most of them didn’t receive special training on this part, so they always pushed the last person in their group to do it for them.
I collected a lot of materials from other speech courses back in my college time, my own presenting experience every time and even the good samples that I had seen before. I summarized a widespread tips to informative speeches. Once after the class, Wendy a girl from this department told me in person, “Everyone who took your English class was copying your ways for the marketing final presentation. They just made it into Chinese version.”
“Don’t worry. That’s not copying. I’m happy that you guys learned it and used it in a good way.”
I always made my students into groups for this part of the courses, because the informative speech usually required lots of skills that the college students have experienced or handled to a certain degree already, sometimes even better than I in some particular parts. For instance, the visual aids were usually with special art design, and some students were really born to do it. I mainly helped with the English oral training part, and let the students learn from the each other’s works and competition with other students.
Informative speech includes the topic selecting, the formal outlines composing, visual aids preparing, PowerPoint making, cooperation among group mates and the design of presentation. Today I will only talk about the last part in the speech "How to learn English?".
I got an idea when I was having the course of Facebook comments. That is, I made a simple assignment before the informative speech training for my students as the bridging. I wanted each student to make a constructive question about the photo they uploaded and answered it three times from different aspects.
My students earlier without this step of training used to have problems selecting proper topic and writing the outlines for their informative speech. With this one-question-three-answers step, most of the students will be able to make a clearly structured outline report to the audience.
When these students make a successful well-prepared informative speech in English, their oral English skills will be played to maximum, and in the future, they will be very confident when they are delivering the impromptu persuasive speech!
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