We’re here to help
Please encourage your students to visit the Speaking Space. Speaking Tutors help students prepare and deliver presentations, participate in or lead class discussions, and manage speaking anxiety.
We invite you to include the following message in your syllabi (feel free to either cut/paste or revise it as you see fit):
Speaking Tutors help students effectively speak and listen within academic conversations, from participating in or leading class discussions to preparing and rehearsing formal presentations. You can sign up for an appointment online or drop in Sundays-Thursdays 7-10pm in RML 355. Learn more at https://wp.stolaf.edu/academic-support/speaking-center/.
Speaking Tutors are available to visit the first or last five minutes of your class to introduce themselves, explain what we do, and give students bookmarks. While these class visits are scheduled for all ORC courses, any instructor is welcome to schedule a class visit by emailing Bridget (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Information on ORC at St. Olaf:
ORC GE Proposal Submission Forms (appropriate form choice depends on whether you wish to propose a new course with an ORC GE attribute or add the attribute to an existing course)
General Oral Communication Assessment Tools:
Oral presentation evaluation form (easy to adapt by adding or eliminating rows on the form)
Simplified AAC&U Evaluation Form (developed by Jo Beld)
Graff and Birkenstein “Entering Class Discussions” (helpful phrases for students to use in entering discussions)
Ed Langerak’s “Conversation on Conversation,” an essay on conversation.
From Stephen Brookfield, author of Discussion as a Way of Teaching – a PowerPoint on discussion strategies for instructors
From the Penn State Schreyer Institute – Resources for Using Discussion in the classroom
Student Discussion Evaluation and Reflection Form (with permission to copy/distribute from Adrienne Christiansen)
Conversational Skills Rating Scale Rubric from The National Communication Association Diagnostic Series
Oral Presentation Resources:
“Key Concepts in Preparing Effective Oral Presentations” (with permission to copy/distribute from Jo Beld)
Sample speech assignment “The Hyde Park Heckle Speech” (with permission to copy/distribute from Adrienne Christiansen)
Toastmasters International “Your Speaking Voice“
PowerPoint and Multimedia Information:
Information on Presentation Design – Ben Gottfried, St. Olaf Multimedia Instructional Technologist
Pecha Kucha (20 slides x 20 seconds each)
Group Presentations and Debate Resources:
“Preparing a Group Presentation” Handout (with permission to copy/distribute from Jo Beld)
State Your Case! “Learning about Arguments by Making Arguments” (sample debate activity)
For additional resources or information on oral communication, please contact Bill Sonnega, Director of Oral Communications (ORC) at email@example.com or Bridget Draxler, Writing and Speaking Specialist and supervisor of the Speaking Tutors, firstname.lastname@example.org.