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THE MACMILLAN COMPANY
ATLANTA • SAN FRANCISCO
MACMILLAN & CO., LIMITED
THE MACMILLAN CO. OF CANADA, LTD.
WITH PASSAGES FOR PRACTICAL
JOSEPH A. MOSHER, A.M., Ph.D.
of the City of New York
“Essentials of Extempore Speaking"
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This text attempts to embody certain convictions derived from the writer's experience during the past twelve years in teaching oral expression. Perhaps a statement of these convictions will best explain the general character of the book.
The first idea is that an effective style of vocal expression is best developed by a large amount of practical application of the fundamental factors of good speech. All study of speech theory which is not specifically and amply applied is largely wasted effort.
Another conviction is that such specific and ample application is not possible in connection with an elaborate setting forth of rules and principles, with manifold details, exhaustive analyses, exceptions, and similar complexities. The average student does not, and, it is safe to say, cannot assimilate for practical use the matter in a text-book so constructed.
Again, it is believed that class-room speaking will be best directed toward the cultivation of good speech habits if the attention of the entire class is concentrated mainly, at any one time, on the application of a given principle, or related set of principles. Coöperative exemplification is likely to result in more permanent impressions.
Furthermore, the choice of material for such practice speaking must be made with care. If a class is given free range in selection, it will not, it cannot bring in successive groups of passages which will aptly illus