Learners speak out - A multi-disciplinary technique
Middle East Technical University, Turkey
The purpose of this study was to evaluate a course called ‘Oral Presentation and Advanced Reading Skills’ in higher education in Turkey. Subjects were 86 students from science and social sciences departments. Data was collected through responsive and holistic approaches. Results indicate that higher education learners consider a course on oral presentation skills as indispensable in higher education. Although highly motivated, external variables such as assessment, no sufficient amount of speaking skills during prior education in L2 may means to adopt a speaking anxiety in front of an audience. Results suggest a need for practicing speaking skills in small groups by employing peer evaluation techniques.
Keywords: oral presentation skills, speaking anxiety, course evaluation, higher education.