Fear Of Public Speaking

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Fear of Public Speaking in Students Abstract This paper addresses the research into student’s attitudes to speaking in public on different themes and students observations of experienced gains and lacks. Each student stumble upon a variety of difficulties in making presentations and these complexities need to be identified and dealt with. Evaluation of public speaking allows determining strengths and weaknesses and work out the procedure of teaching effective presentations. The outcome of research is drawing general outline of good practices in helping students to reduce this problem. 1.0 Introduction Speaking in public always aims at communication and presupposes a different level of formality depending on the settings and the audience.…show more content…
However, teaching and learning to make well-organized presentations in front of an audience takes a lot of practice - students need some systematic training in preparing and performing. The principal purpose of training is to provide the most effective learning experience for the student. 1.1 Review of Related Literature: Public speaking is a productive skill aiming at communication. For communication in a foreign language to be successful, a speaker needs to be familiar with linguistic and cultural backgrounds that are shared by native speakers and has to obey certain rules and conventions that are not written down anywhere nor are easy to define. Socio-cultural rules and turn-taking belong to spoken genres which public speaking is part of. Another feature of public speaking is a different level of formality that is sometimes described as ‘distance’ and ‘closeness’, i.e. language production is more ‘writing-like’ or ‘speaking-like’. Speaking involves two types of skills – basic lower level motor-perceptive skills of producing right sounds and using accurate grammatical structures and communicative strategies such as what and how to get the meaning…show more content…
Instructors can only point the way and emphasize essential features such as person’s voice – how you say it is as important as what you say, body language – movements express your attitudes and thoughts, appearance – first impression influences the audience’s attitude to speakers. Actors, politicians and VIPs are taught how to manage their voices and body language and with a bit of practice. Any learner or student can cope with superficial features of public speaking. Matter-of-fact speaking uses background and linguistic knowledge to create a meaningful message, and it is directed at a specific audience in a one-to-one situation. There is a wealth of publications on the issues of making presentations and how to prepare one’s talk and deliver it. The instructions are quite clear and straight forward and include tips on, firstly, how to prepare oneself, secondly, the material, thirdly, the presentation. Nevertheless, students need some systematic training in preparing and performing – from planning and introducing a topic to concluding and handling questions. Learning to make well-organized presentations in front of an audience takes a lot of hard work and

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