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Classroom activities for building presentation and speech skills

Classroom activities for building presentation and speech skills

by Eric Hagley -
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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Classroom activities for building presentation and speech skills

Roehl Sybing- Nanzan Junior College

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Location: L-Plaza (Kita 8-jo Nishi 3-chome), 4F, Dai Kenshu Shitsu C

Cost: 500 yen (members free)




会場:札幌エルプラザ(北8条西3丁目)4F, 大研修室C


Japanese learners of English face significant anxiety issues when giving speeches and presentations for classwork and for oral competitions. These issues are both internal (when learners are overly concerned with memorization and accuracy) and external (when learners face anxiety performing before an audience), and exacerbated when the teacher is involved through monitoring or feedback. While teacher-fronted instruction is necessary to teach the required grammar and organization for speeches and presentations, teachers would do well to also incorporate pair and group work into practice activities to lessen learner anxiety and ensure greater gains among learners.rwOelA019pBrbAgQK9xLFGxvbzzScoUUSRp4kbVU6UJUzRyq8tn1T56soroH5b_bD7PlL8i4BflQ28ZWVBMhzdwr8fMsjw3h9kq9TMlCTYX48sD-4eOyB1uB7gxZx_nrag

This presentation will focus on activities aimed at fluency development and mastery of the speech and presentation forms common in oral communication classes. These activities were created to minimize learner anxiety while ensuring learner accountability to task compliance. The audience will be asked to participate in these activities and discuss their potential effectiveness in their classrooms.





Roehl Sybing is an Associate Instructor at Nanzan Junior College in Nagoya, Japan. He has a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from New York University, and has taught English throughout Japan since 2004. His research interests include culture and learner perspectives in language education.