Oral Assignments

Commonly, oral assignments focus students' attention on three types of learning tasks:

    • analyzing and organizing information for ones' self,

    • communicating information to an audience orally, including visual aids,

    • perhaps, coordinating the oral presentation with a report or proposal.

The list below includes variations on these traditional themes: tasks designed to focus students' attention on orally communicating technical concepts in formal presentations and engaging in interactive discussion about technical concepts.

Ideas for Oral Assignments

    • Oral presentation

    • Oral examination or interview

    • Interactive oral assignments

        • Class participation

        • Meeting with an instructor to discuss progress on a project

        • Group discussion

        • Debate

        • Dialogue

        • Poster session or exhibition

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