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Speaking Your Mind: Oral Presentation and Seminar Skills

Speaking Your Mind: Oral Presentation and Seminar Skills

Rebecca Stott, Cordelia Bryan, Tory Young

Nov 2000, Paperback, 160 pages
ISBN13: 9780582382435
ISBN10: 0582382432
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This book is designed with the belie that the key to good speaking is an awareness of audience and context and knowledge of the techniques of argumentation or rhetoric.

1. Conversations and Seminars
2. Introduction to Rhetoric and Argument
3. Shakespeare and Renaissance Rhetoric
4. Everyday Rhetorics
5. Making your Case
6. Presenting your Case.
Appendix 1: Sample Criteria Sheet for Peer Oral Assessment.
Appendix 2: Sample Practice Presentation Scenarios.
Further Reading.

  • Trains students in effective discussion and presentation skills through a variety of practical approaches.
  • The first chapter discusses how a seminar works to show students their roles and responsibilities in the seminar room and give advice on how to improve their skills as participants.
  • Looks at different forms of conversation and shows how it is potentially transformative.
  • Discusses argument and the different roles that people take when they argue, showing students how to argue more effectively.
  • Offers practical and straightforward advice on how to prepare and deliver a short presentation which aims to make a case on a particular subject.
  • Provides step by step activities and examples to carefully and progressively guide the student through the process.
  • Activities can be adapted for either individual or group use, to provide lecturers with ready made seminar discussion questions.
  • Engaging and practical activities in each chapter enable the reader to practice these developing skills in scenarios that are designed to be relevant to the world of work.
  • Teaches students how to develop oral communication skills, the feature that employers rank as most desirable in graduates.

Tory Young, Department of English, Polytechnic University

Cordella Bryan, Freelance Educational Consultant