Oral assessments, such as an interviews or speeches, are a daunting experience for students who are uncomfortable talking in front of their peers and teachers. This often results in a poor grade and does not necessarily reflect how well a student studied or comprehended the material. Help alleviate the stress of underperforming, and ultimately receiving a lower final grade in class, with tips from PBS LearningMedia and Ford’s Theater.
Students in Minnesota visited Ford’s Theater and shared the following five “verbal Podium Points:”
- Pace: speaking at the right pace makes it easy for all audience members to understand the speaker
- Emphasis: stressing certain words makes important words stand out
- Diction: properly annunciating words is part of diction
- Tone: the tone should match the subject of the speech
- Volume: proper volume makes it easy for audience members to hear the speaker
Arguably the most important point is to let students know that the classroom is a safe environment for them to present in front of their peers.
PBS LearningMedia posted the original video clip, titled “Oratory Tips and Tricks | Ford’s Theatre.”