Changing hats: Reflections on an unorthodox approach to teaching presentation skills

Clokie, Trish (2009) Changing hats: Reflections on an unorthodox approach to teaching presentation skills. In: Education for a Changing Economy: New Zealand Applied Business Education Conference (NZABE) 2009 Conference Proceedings. New Zealand Applied Business Education, p. 154. ISBN 9780908668732


Abstract or Summary

The economic environment in 2009 and the push towards defining New Zealand as an academic destination for international students is affecting class dynamics and sizes in many tertiary institutions. This provides tertiary educators with an opportunity to re-evaluate our teaching styles and to introduce new methods to encourage learning. Many business degree and diploma programmes have a compulsory communication module which includes a presentation or seminar. Other modules also include presentations which are assessed. However, because of curriculum constraints, little time is spent developing speech skills. At best, students are encouraged to share information during classes as part of learning and are given clear guidelines about the presentation assessment. I would suggest that this ad hoc approach does not necessarily develop the skills and confidence in those who need it most. International students who struggle with pronunciation and intonation are particularly vulnerable in these assessments. In this paper I describe my experience of teaching speech skills to an oral communication class of international and domestic students by ignoring "presentation" mode, and using choral verse, nursery rhymes and bubbles to develop speech skills and build confidence before moving into more formal assessment practice.

Item Type:Book Section
Additional Information:Conference held 28-29 September, 2009, in Rotorua, New Zealand
Keywords that describe the item:oral presentations, business students, speech skills, teaching methods, creative teaching methods
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Business, Information Technology and Enterprise > School of Business and Adminstration
ID Code:448
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Deposited On:28 Oct 2009 01:22
Last Modified:18 Oct 2010 01:00

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