Using PAVES strategy to increase Primary Three students’ confidence in public speaking

Using PAVES strategy to increase Primary Three students’ confidence in public speaking

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Using PAVES strategy to increase Primary Three students’ confidence in public speaking

The purpose of this study is to find out whether explicit teaching of the mnemonic strategy, Posture, Attitude, Voice, Eye Contact, Smile (PAVES), to Primary three students increases their confidence in a public speaking task, Show and Tell. The students create their own ceramic pieces designed with a National Education (NE) theme in mind and use it as their ,Show and Tell item. This School Curriculum Innovation (SCI), Be Ready for Public Speaking, bReady4PS, aims to develop students', confidence in public speaking. The lack of practice in the use of the language and the assumption that students already know how to speak in front of the class have led the students to do poorly in oral presentation tasks like Show and Tell and group work presentations. This study involved two intact Primary Threeclasses of mixed ability students. The Project group (N=33) was explicitly taught the PAVES strategy prior to their Show and Tell assessment and shown the rubrics designed for thisassessment. The comparison group (N=33) was just shown the assessment rubrics prior to the assessment. At the end of the study, it was found that the project group performed significantly better for their Show and Tell assessment and also showed an increase in their perception of their confidence level. Implications for further instruction are discussed in this ,paper.

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