Develop Arguments Orally / Oral Examinations
The ability to present arguments orally is a vital component of any Higher Education programme of study, as is the ability to select the most appropriate structure and combination of media in order to present a case. Effective oral communication can be demonstrated by:
- The ability to marshal complex interlocking arguments to support an over-arching thesis.
- The proficiency in the design and delivery of presentations as suited to the occasion.
- The competency in chairing discussions and encouraging, interpreting and channelling questions.
Examinations and Assessment
Vivas and presentations may be easier than written examinations for some disabled students, but much harder for others. It may be helpful to bear in mind the following:
- Students who find standard means of communication difficult, or who use Sign Language need to be able to make presentations in alternative ways, or be given additional time to communicate.
- Sign Language interpreters or other support workers need to have high level skills if they are not to disadvantage the student.
Information taken from the Disability Rights Commission 'Good Practice Guide – Examinations and Assessment'.