Building Public Speaking Skills across the Curriculum

By Sherri Shafer.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The development of public speaking skills maintains both a cultural and historical presence for mankind. Today, these skills are recognized both in the educational field and the industrial marketplace as a crucial necessity for students. Yet, in many cases, educators fail to arm students with the essential skills to perform even the most rudimentary public speaking engagement. Students as young as five years old are often required to engage in public speaking activities without proper training. In some cases, these students learn to associate such experiences with a level of fear or anxiety inhibiting their ability to perform an essential skill set later in their lives. However, utilizing simple training techniques, educators can develop oral presentation skills at almost any age and across most any curriculum. In so doing, students are armed with the public speaking tools they will use throughout their educational and professional careers. This article will provide educators with simple techniques in developing public speaking skills. Procedures will focus on basic oration, experience-based learning, and techniques for building a support-based atmosphere.

Keywords: Public Speaking, Cross Curriculum, Basic Oration, Experience-Based Learning, Supportive Atmosphere

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp.279-284. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 572.817KB).

Sherri Shafer

Instructor, Communications and Media Studies, Department of Communications and Media Studies, College of Arts and Humanities, West Virginia State University, Institute, WV, USA

Mrs. Sherri Shafer is a communications and media instructor at West Virginia State University located in Institute, West Virginia, USA, where she teaches public speaking and other communications and media courses. Her work in recent years revealed a common trend of high anxiety levels among her students required to speak without proper training in previous educational settings. Thus, she developed a passion for nurturing public speaking skills in students of all ages to reduce the likelihood of common anxieties associated with this skill set. Mrs. Shafer is currently working on her doctorate degree in educational leadership at Marshall University. Her previous vocational experience includes several years working in television news. She is a wife and a mother of three children. She spends her free time as an advisor for her campus National Broadcasting Society and Alpha Epsilon Rho chapter as well as volunteering for various community non-profit organizations.

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