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All teachers at all grade levels in all subjects have speaking assignments for students, but many teachers believe they don't know how to teach speaking, and many even fear public speaking themselves.
In his new book, Well Spoken, veteran teacher and education consultant Erik Palmer shares the art of teaching speaking in any classroom. Teachers will find thoughtful and engaging strategies for integrating speaking skills throughout the curriculum. Palmer stresses the essential elements of all effective oral communication, including:
- Building a Speech: Audience, Content, Organization, Visual Aids, and Appearance
- Performing a Speech: Poise, Voice, Life, Eye Contact, Gestures, and Speed
- Evaluating a Speech: Creating Effective Rubrics, Guiding Students to Excellence
Well Spoken contains a framework for understanding the skills involved in all effective oral communication, offers practical steps and lesson ideas that any teacher needs to successfully teach speaking in a variety of situations—from classroom discussions to formal presentations—and includes a set of tools for students -- from how to grab the audience's attention to how to use emphatic hand gestures and adjust speed for effect.
Discover why, year after year, students returned to Palmer's classroom to thank him for teaching them how to be well spoken. You may find, after reading this book, that you have become a better speaker, too.
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Table of Contents
PART I: THE ART OF PUBLIC SPEAKING
Chapter 1: Can We Talk?
Chapter 2: Effective Communication
PART II: BUILDING A SPEECH
Chapter 3: Audience: Understanding the Listeners
Chapter 4: Content: Making the Message Valuable
Chapter 5: Organization: Making the Speech Easy to Follow
Chapter 6: Visual Aids: Enhancing the Words
Chapter 7: Appearance: Dressing for the Occasion
PART III: PERFORMING A SPEECH
Chapter 8: Poise: Appearing Calm and Confident
Chapter 9: Voice: Making Every Word Heard
Chapter 10: Life: Putting Passion into the Voice
Chapter 11: Eye Contact: Engaging Each Listener
Chapter 12: Gestures: Matching Motions to Words
Chapter 13: Speed: Pacing for a Powerful Performance
PART IV: PUTTING THEORY INTO PRACTICE
Chapter 14: Every Day Through the End of the Year
Chapter 15: Evaluating Speeches
Chapter 16: Speaking Activities Across the Curriculum
Appendix: Frequently Asked Questions