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Training in Oral Expression Lacking in Schools

Lecturer at the School of Education at the University of Iceland Inga H. Frímannsdóttir says oral expression and presentation skills need to be emphasized in the Icelandic school system as young people lack the ability to voice their opinions.

universityoficeland_domThe University of Iceland. Photo by Dagbjört Oddný Matthíasdóttir.

However, Inga H. says that teachers are often ill-prepared to teach presentation skills and that therefore emphasizing presentation skills in the curriculum is not enough, reports.

The national curriculum states that in a democratic society it is essential for citizens to be able to take an active part in discussion of various kinds. Furthermore, young people must be given training and practice in expressing themselves and receive guidance on presentation skills. Despite being outlined in the school curriculum, Inga H. says that students are not sufficiently prepared when they begin university.

“I’ve been teaching for twenty years and it always surprises me how insecure students are and I have the feeling that they did not receive much training in school,” she said.

“Being able to argue their case, to dare to stand up and express their opinions is very important. It has sometimes been said that the tongue is the strongest weapon,” Inga concluded.


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