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The fear of public speaking is a widely shared among individuals. This can be difficult to overcome when students are assigned several large, heavily-weighted speeches with few opportunities to become acclimated to standing in front of an audience. Several times throughout the semester students are assigned a 2–3 minute long speech inspired by the progymnasmata (a series of rhetorical exercises from Ancient Greece). The speeches vary widely from presenting a fable to impersonating an individual.
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UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo 2019
Anxiety; Public speaking; Progymnasmata
Educational Methods | Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Blankfield, Bryan, "Reducing Anxiety While Boosting Creativity: Lessons from the Progymnasmata" (2019). UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo. 54.