Journal Article

SpeakEasy: online support for oral presentation skills

Monica Hill and Anne Storey

in ELT Journal

Volume 57, issue 4, pages 370-376
Published in print October 2003 | ISSN: 0951-0893
Published online October 2003 | e-ISSN: 1477-4526 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/elt/57.4.370
SpeakEasy: online support for oral presentation skills

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This paper describes the development of an online course that aims to help tertiary students improve their English oral presentation skills. There is frequently too little class time available for students to try to put into practice the skills deemed necessary for an effective presentation. This course aims to allow learners to prepare their presentations out of class and then practise these skills in class with peer and teacher feedback.

The challenge was to develop a web site that is interactive as well as informative, and which shows students the relevance of oral presentation skills in English in academic and professional contexts. The site also provides online tasks to encourage critical thinking, and gives feedback on answers. It aims to convince students of the transferability of presentation skills. Checklists and quizzes give students the opportunity to monitor their progress. Evaluation of the course has come from student questionnaires and teachers' views.

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Subjects: Language Acquisition ; Teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language ; Language Learning (Specific Skills) ; Language Teaching Theory and Methods

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