In my Intro to Human Com classes, students respond well to the "small-talks" that I assign throughout the course. These talks are 1-2 minute informal speeches that students deliver in front of the class. Explaining their personality test results, reporting on their cultural visits, and relating active listening scenarios are a few examples of the small-talk assignments.
These small-talks help students reinforce their learning, build confidence in their speaking, and develop camaraderie with classmates. In addition, the talks enable me to assess students' comprehension of the material and offer immediate feedback.
Currently, I am assigning seven talks throughout the semester, each related to a theme we are covering. The talks are worth 10 points each (out of 1,000 for the course), making the total value of the talks 7% of a student's grade.