Capstone/Dissertation Title

Break the silence: oral communication across the curriculum

Term

2008

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Abstract

The prospect of speaking in public creates fear and anxiety in many people. This capstone offers a plan to help teachers teach their students how to overcome this fear and become more effective oral communicators and public speakers. Through a series of teacher and student interviews and classroom observations at Agua Fria High School in Avondale, Arizona, this study explores two central questions: How are the study and practice of oral communication implemented at Agua Fria High School? and How can we improve upon the teaching of oral communication skills at Agua Fria High School? This study finds that teachers at Agua Fria demonstrate both strengths and weaknesses in teaching oral communication skills to their students. This capstone analyzes these findings and offers specific suggestions to help schools and teachers improve the quality of their students' oral communication and public speaking skills.

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