Oral Presentations in the Composition Course: A Brief Guide / Edition 1

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The ideal supplement for any writing class that includes an oral component, Oral Presentations in the Composition Course: A Brief Guide offers students the advice they need to plan, prepare, and present their work effectively. With sections on analyzing audiences, choosing effective language, using visual aids, collaborating on group presentations, and dealing with the fear of public speaking, this booklet offers help for students' most common challenges in developing oral presentations.

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"Because this supplement was produced for the composition classroom, it focuses on how to create oral presentations from a written work and maps out the similarities between writing and speaking. The focus is refreshing and informative, and the supplement would be a great addition to any composition student's assigned reading."

— Julie M. Barst, Purdue University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312417840
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 2/10/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 671,865
  • Product dimensions: 4.79 (w) x 7.02 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Table of Contents


1. Choosing a Topic
Consulting with Others
Researching Ideas
Making a Choice

2. Determining Your Purpose
Informative Presentations
Persuasive Presentations
Propositions of Fact
Propositions of Value
Concerns about a Problem
Propositions of Policy
A Final Word

3. Analyzing Your Audience
Types of Audiences
The Selected Audience and the Concerted Audience

The Passive Audience

The Pedestrian Audience and the Organized Audience

Audience Characteristics and Strategies
Audience Attitudes
Hostile Audiences

Sympathetic Audiences

Neutral Audiences
Communication Barriers

Barriers That Involve Content

Barriers That Involve Audience and Delivery

4. Adapting Your Ideas and Evidence
Listening and Learning
Choosing Forms of Support





Visual Aids
Choosing Forms of Proof

Motivational Proof or Pathos

Ethical Proof or Ethos

Logical Proof or Logos

5. Organizing Your Presentation
Creating an Outline
Choosing an Organizational Pattern

Chronological Pattern

Topical Pattern

Spatial or Geographical Pattern

Cause-Effect Pattern

Problem-Solution Pattern

Compare and Contrast Pattern

Patterns of Organization

6. Developing Effective Introductions, Transitions, and Conclusions
The Introduction
Language Choices
The Conclusion

7. Using Visual Aids
Choosing Effective Visuals
Choosing a Mode of Delivery

Chalkboard or Whiteboard


Overhead Transparencies

Presentation Software
Designing Visual Aids

Contrast and Spacing


Avoiding Technical Problems

8. Practicing, Polishing, and Delivering the Presentation
Modes of Speaking

Impromptu Speaking

Extemporaneous Speaking

Speaking from a Script

Speaking from Memory
Voice and Body Language
Dealing with Stage Fright
Polishing the Presentation

9. Presenting as a Group
Dividing the Work
Transitioning Between Speakers
Acknowledging Non-Speaking Group Members

10. Evaluating Presentations
Checklist for Evaluating a Presentation

The Speaker's Delivery

Content and Coherence

Argument and Persuasion
Thinking Critically about Your Own Presentation

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