Shih Hsin University Oct. 8, 2007. The Art of Public Speaking & Debate (3). Chen-ching Li ( 李振清 ), Ph.D. Department of English, SHU email@example.com http://cc.shu.edu.tw/~cte/gallery/ccli/. Public Speaking and Communication (Ref. D. Zarefsky 1999: 6-11).
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Oct. 8, 2007
The Art of
Public Speaking & Debate (3)
Chen-ching Li (李振清), Ph.D.
Department of English, SHU
When you give a speech, you and your listeners are involved in COMMUNICATION, meaning that you interact in order to build some sort of connection whereby you can understand each other and recognize common interest. How does this happen? And how does public speaking differ from other forms of communication such as personal conversation and written essay?
Planning and Presenting the Message
The act of public communication involves a transaction between a speaker and an audience. You may think that public speaking is something that you do not need to be concerned about, but this is not the case. In fact, a surprising number of persons do speak to audiences of ten or more people fairly frequently. No matter what your college major or current positions, odds are that you will be doing some type of public speaking, in one way or the other.
1. Decide on a topic, or accept the topic assigned to you.
2. Formulate a statement of central idea (theme).
3. Collect research that develops the statement of central idea.
4. Finalize the statement of the central idea, the specific purpose, and the goal that adapts to the listeners and setting of the presentation.
5. Formulate and organize the body of the presentation so that the goal can be achieved.
6. Prepare the necessary aids, such as audio, visuals, and PowerPoint, etc.
7. Develop an introduction that previews, and conclusion that summarizes the main points of the presentation.
8. Polish the introduction and conclusion. The introduction should grab the attention of the audience. The conclusion should wrap up the presentation and clinch the purpose expressed in the central idea.
Al Gore is a front-runner for the Nobel Peace Prize -- if you believe some experts.
The Nobel awards being announced this week cover the range of human behavior, from peacemaking to scientific discovery to literature, yet share a tradition of mystery and wide speculation about who might win.
This year, with world attention fixed on global warming, giving a joint prize to Gore, the former U.S. vice president, and Inuit environmental activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier of Canada, could be an appealing choice for the prize committee.
Another possibility would be to honor the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The peace award is announced in Oslo, while the other prizes – medicine, physics, chemistry, literature and economics – are announced in Stockholm.
Each award carries a cash prize of 10 million Swedish kronor, which this year is worth about $1.54 million.
The announcements begin on Monday with the medicine. (AP 10/06/2007)
The Harvard-educated economist and grandmother promised to rid her country of corruption, and set the stage for recovery from Liberia’s bitter and violent past.
Johnson Sirleaf promised Monday to unite her people. “We know that your vote was a vote for change, a vote for peace, security and stability, a vote for individual and national prosperity, a vote for healing and leadership,” she said. “We have heard you loudly.” (USA Today Jan. 17, 2006)
Sharing our culture internationally. Cherish global communication.
Building human capacity academically. Promote Chinese culture internationally.
Develop public speaking skills with abundant knowledge and ample confidence. Go for it.
Practice makes perfect.
Oral Presentation (Evaluation)
ESL Writing Class
June 15, 2005
Taiwan, causing deaths and devastations.
What measures should we take to protect our natural environment against the vulnerable typhoons? Also, how about global warming?
Read the article: “Global Warming and Al Gore, the Nobel Peace Prize Winner”
2. World peace starts from good understanding: the case of two Koreas, 2007. (Economic cooperation, nuclear weapon removal)
3. Quality Assurance of higher education in Taiwan: What is the biggest challenge? How should we improve it?
4. What is the biggest challenge of Taiwan in the wake of enhancing its international competitiveness globally? What’s the solution?
5. Is international education essential to college students and national development in Taiwan? Why?
6. Crime rate is rising in our society. How can we curb the spreading crimes?
7. Traffic safety is everybody’s business.
How can we help maintain it in Taiwan?
8. The relationship between Taiwan and China is subtle. What should we do to alleviate the tension and enhance peace?
9. How can college students improve their English?
10. Mr. Wang Chien-Ming is still a hero.