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Oral Drill Presentations

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An oral module presentation is set-up into a three (3) step process. The three step process is the exact same for any and all oral module presentations. Below is each step of the process explained:


All modules start the exact same way -

Get the Audiences Attention (Class, ATTENTION or Let Me Have Your Attention)

The next (position or movement) I will name and explain, have demonstrated, and you will conduct practical work on is .........(whatever you are instructing).

In Step I, you NAME and EXPLAIN what you are instructing:

You will NAME the position or movement and then EXPLAIN what it is used for. You then NAME the command(s) used to execute the position or movement. After naming the command(s) you will then EXPLAIN what type of command(s) it is. There are 5 different types of commands but you are primarily concerned with only 2 of the types of commands. First is the Two Part Command and second is the Combined Command.

The Two Part Command is just that; it consists of 2 parts. The 1st part is the Preparatory Command and the 2nd Part is the Command of Execution.

An example of a Two Part Command is Demonstrator, ATTENTION. Demonstrator is the
Preparatory Command (it identifies who you are addressing or what action to take); ATTENTION is the Command of Execution (it tells when to execute the action). The Combined Command is a command where the Preparatory Command and Command of Execution are combined or one. For example FALL-IN or AT EASE.


Step II always starts the same -

Just as you stated in Step I, you will now HAVE DEMONSTRATED what you talked about above.

The first thing you do is Post the Demonstrator. This is the person who will execute (demonstrate) what you tell them to do. After you have posted your demonstrator, YOU MUST IDENTIFY or OPEN WHAT METHOD OF INSTRUCTION you will use to teach your audience.

There are three different Methods of Instruction or MOI's used -
1) Talk-Through; 2) By-The-Numbers; and 3) Step-By-Step.

If you fail to identify the MOI, your demonstrator WILL NOT and CAN NOT execute. This is extremely important!

The beginning of Step II will look like this:

Demonstrator, POST. I will use the (Talk-Through; By-The-Numbers; Step-By-Step) Method of Instruction to teach you this position/movement.

You will then teach the audience while your demonstrator executes what you say. This is where you HAVE DEMONSTRATED. It is important for you to not only know the words to the module but also how it looks and how to properly execute it.


Step III is basically the same for all modules.

Slight variations occur depending on the movements to be executed. This is where you CONDUCT PRACTICAL WORK. The class or audience will now do what you just taught and had demonstrated to them. Step III is the same as Step II, but you will now use the Preparatory Command "Class" instead of "Demonstrator". The beginning will look like this:
Class, ATTENTION. We will now conduct practical work on this position/movement using the (Talk-Through; By-The-Numbers; Step-By-Step) Method of Instruction.
From here you go back up to Step II and repeat what you just taught.


1) All modules have the exact same format. They consist of 3 Steps or parts:

  • Step I - NAME and EXPLAIN



2) Your Demonstrator WILL do only what you say. NO MORE or NO LESS. A Demonstrator CAN NOT move if the MOI has not been identified or opened. If your Demonstrator does not execute when you tell him/her to, there is a good chance you failed to open the MOI. Likewise if the Demonstra-tor does execute properly, but you failed to state what he/she was suppose to do, then you will assume what you said was correct.

This will be a NO GO or failure to give the proper information, even though your Demonstrator executed properly. The Candidate being tested or evaluated is the one teaching the module not the Demonstrator. Control your Demonstrator.

3) You must understand both the words of the module and the position/movement. They must come together. Do not rely on memorization. If you forget to say something and you know the position or movement, then you can see where you are or what information you forgot. If the Demonstrator is following tip #2, then you can see that you forgot to say something or you said something wrong. If you told the demonstrator to stick his right forefinger straight in his left ear, that is what the Demonstrator will do. If you know the words and the position/movement, then you will see that what you told the Demonstrator to do was wrong. Now you can make the correction. Furthermore, what if you are asked a question about what you taught! Do you understand the information well enough to put it into different terms or present it in a way, to that person which would be easier understood for them?

4) Observe your demonstrator frequently to ensure no information has been left out. This goes with #3. Use visual ques to assist you. Take a methodical approach when presenting the module. For example: The Position of Attention. Start from the feet, all the way up the body, to the head. There is less likely a chance of forgetting something if you do that. Do not go from the feet to the head, to the hands, to the hips, etc... This will only confuse you.

5) If you don't understand something, then ask. If you do not ask, it is believed you must know. Once the standard has been demonstrated and there are no questions, then you will be held to the standard.

6) Work as a team with your Demonstrator(s). Demonstrators must pay attention to what the Candidate being tested is saying. The Demonstrator is a vital part of the module. The Demonstrator can cause the Candidate being tested to get either a "GO" or a "NO GO".

7) Proper TIME MANAGEMENT is essential. Do not waste time, the clock is always ticking. Likewise, do not be afraid to ask for help.

8) PAY STRICT ATTENTION TO DETAIL! The DSL's will constantly make statements which will be beneficial later in training. Everything said and done is directed towards training you. Take advantage of the knowledge around you. Knowledge is Power.

9) MOTIVATION, COOPERATION and DEDICATION are the keys to graduation.