Countering Stage Fright

By Prof. Smita Jha   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 1106   |  Exam registration: 153
Stage fright is a kind of Physiological, cognitive and behavioral anxiety which is more based on the future happenings than the present. It is a kind of performance anxiety, a state of anxiety or fear which occurs when an individual faces the audience. Stage fright is remarkably common, and many performers never seek help. With proper care and practice the problem of anxiety can be managed.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Young researcher, Post-graduate and Under-graduate students and young teachers

PREREQUISITES: Basic knowledge of language

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: All the important companies and industries
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 21 Aug 2023
End Date : 15 Sep 2023
Enrollment Ends : 21 Aug 2023
Exam Registration Ends : 15 Sep 2023
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2023 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1:
Module 1 : Introduction to the Course 
Module 2 : Stage fright: Definition with Symptoms 
Module 3 : Is Stage Fright Common? 
Module 4 : When & Where Does Performance Anxiety Happen? 
Module 5 : Symptoms of Performance Anxiety
Week 2: 
Module 6 : Causes of Stage Fright 
Module 7 : Types of Stage Fright 
Module 8 : Can Stage Fright be Cured? 
Module 9 : Systematic Desensitization as Countering Stage Fright 
Module 10 : Systematic Desensitization as Countering Stage Fright
Week 3: 
Module 11 : Psychological symptoms of performance anxiety 
Module 12 : symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder 
Module 13 : What causes fatigue in Stage Fear? 
Module 14 : What causes muscle weakness? 
Module 15 : Electrolyte disorders or imbalances
Week 4: 
Module 16 : Neurological conditions effecting Stage performance 
Module 17 : struggle with low self-esteem 
Module 18 : Causes Communication Apprehension 
Module 19 : Why the Brain Freezes 
Module 20 : Self-consciousness in front of large group

Books and references

1. Stage Fright - Who Needs It? Getting Rid of Stage Fright for Good (English, Paperback, Goodman Gordon)( Buy on Amazon. Com)
2. In The SpotLight: Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking and Performing by Janet Esposito(Buy on Amazon. Com)
3. Speak With No Fear by Mike Acker(Buy on Amazon. com)
4. Public Speaking: Speak Like a Pro by James W. Williams (Buy on Amazon.com)
5. Ten Secrets to Overcoming Stage Fright by Dean Janice( Buy on Flipkart)

Instructor bio

Prof. Smita Jha

IIT Roorkee
Prof. Smita Jha is currently working as Professor of English language and literature in the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. She has done M.A. in English (Gold Medalist) from Bihar University, Bihar. She has done Post graduate diploma in teaching English from CIEFL, Hyderabad. Prof. Smita Jha has more than 29 years of teaching experience both at UG and PG level. She has developed course on communication skill and stage fright for the B.Tech students, and running the topic at first-year B.Tech level for several years. She has published more than 60 papers in refereed journals. She has also written books on divers topics like Nativization of English prose, partition literature etc. Her research areas are Soft Skills, Linguistics, Indian writing in English, World Literature, Contemporary Literary Theory, ELT. She has supervised more than ten research scholars on various aspects of literature. She has done a Post-graduate diploma course in linguistics from Central Institute of English & Foreign languages, Hyderabad, India.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 29 October 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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