Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Topic: Speaking in Small Groups (4)

10-second review: A three-part article taken from my book, Teaching English, How To…., (Xlibris, 2004) consisting of my approach to teaching formal speech, engaging in small-group activities and responding to interview questions, especially job interviews.

Title: “How Can Teachers Help Students Overcome Their Fear of Speaking in Public?” Teaching English, How To…. Raymond Stopper. Xlibris, 2004. pp. 297-305.

Self-serving roles in keeping small groups from working.

1. Dominator: Interrupts. Embarks on long monologues. Tries to lead group. Asserts authority. Autocratic. Monopolizes.

2. Blocker: Interferes with the progress of the group by rejecting ideas. Takes negative attitude on all suggestions. Argues unduly. Pessimistic. Refuses to cooperate.

3. Deserter: Withdrawn. Indifferent. Aloof. Excessively formal. Daydreams. Doodles. Whispers to others. Wanders from the subject.

4. Aggressor. Struggles for status. Boasts. Criticizes. Deflates ego or status of others.

5. Recognition-seeker. Exaggerated attempt to get attention by boasting or claiming long experience or great accomplishments.

6. Playboy type: Displays a lack of involvement in the group process by horseplay, inappropriate humor or cynicism.

Next: Evaluating roles in the group process.

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