An analysis of oral reports with respect to Robert Harris’s article: `Ideas for Enhancing Oral Reports`.
This paper analyzes the presentation of oral reports in respect to Robert Harris’ article: “Ideas for Enhancing Oral Reports”. Harris offers general advice that is applicable to all individuals who might be faced with giving an oral report. The paper details tips for ways to make oral reports a success. The author concludes that oral presentations can contribute to the education of both the giver and the speaker if both members of the “dialogue” between audience and the giver of the presentation are attentive and make use of media beyond that of the simple spoken word.
“One of the most dreaded tasks a teacher can assign for some students is to give an oral report. The idea of getting up in front of people and speaking to them paralyzes them with fear. This can be true even if they are relatively extroverted and relaxed people in more informal social situations. To watch a person give a bad oral report can be almost painful as giving one. If one is in the audience, one is tempted to look away, to stare at one’s desk, rather than listening to information that is rambling, incoherent, and poorly presented. How does someone avoid giving such a poor report? In his article, `Ideas for Enhancing Oral Reports,` located at the Virtual Salt Website on the World Wide Web, Robert Harris offers advice for those faced with such a task.”