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. Volume XVII Number 3. . . .September 17, 2010
In this brief manual, Lundy has managed to effectively communicate the art of the oral presentation in seven easy-to-navigate categories:
1. Setting the stage for success
The centre of attention Each category above includes a description and rationale, student directions, and teacher tips.
Lundy’s points are direct and touch on how speakers make common mistakes and how to avoid them. She also gives succinct instructions on how to organize, prep for, and deliver a valuable, engaging talk.
Another drama strategy she offers is hot-seating, and she talks about a scene where Jacques Cartier is recruiting sailors for his ships to the New World, and, as potential recruits (student volunteers) take the hot-seat, the students (in-role) are questioned about their suitability as sailors for the voyage. The students’ responsibility is to come up with appropriate questions for the sailors in the hot-seat to answer.
Applying role-play as a structured framework in which students learn how to present material to others in an open forum indicates Lundy has considered how intimidating speaking in front of others can be, and she recognizes dramatic strategies allow for the much needed practice that helps to alleviate many presentation anxieties that occur for students.
Attention Please! is an excellent, somewhat short, manual on how to prepare in-class presentations, but one in which Lundy provides everything, including visuals and materials, an educator needs to guide students through the process towards a successful, valuable, and enjoyable presentation experience.
Jocelyn A. Dimm is a sessional instructor and a PhD student at the University of Victoria where she teaches drama education and young adult literature in the Faculty of Education.
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