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Gerbensky-Kerber, Anne – Communication Teacher, 2017
Courses: This semester-long assignment series was developed for an online introductory public speaking class, but it has also been used successfully in a hybrid (combination of online/face-to-face meetings) format. Objectives: Students will practice delivering speeches in an online format by applying key concepts from course materials to personal…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Speech Acts, Speech Communication, Assignments
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Hayward, Pamela A. – Communication Teacher, 2017
Courses: Introduction to public speaking, advanced public speaking, hybrid/survey introduction to communication. Objectives: At the end of this activity, students will be able to (1) explain the elements of a speaking outline and discover these elements in real-world speech examples, (2) recreate outline formats effectively in their personal…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Speeches, Assignments, Speech Instruction
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Hahn, Allison Hailey – Communication Teacher, 2016
Many instructors and textbooks encourage the use of debate and critical thinking in the classroom by creating artificial public space in which students then act out engagements. The tools gained from such activities do encourage better thinking and speaking, but they do not adequately prepare students for "real" situations when they must…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Debate, Advocacy, Public Speaking
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Hunter, Karla M. – Communication Teacher, 2016
Courses: Argumentation, Public Speaking, Political Communication. Objectives: After completing this unit activity, students should be able to (1) demonstrate comprehension of Burke's (1941) concept of terministic screens; (2) apply the concept of terministic screens to write a brief political autobiography of themselves that analyzes the history…
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Assignments, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Persuasive Discourse
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McKenna-Buchanan, Timothy; Munz, Stevie – Communication Teacher, 2014
This assignment described here serves as a meaningful way to engage students who are perhaps less involved in giving back to their own community (Galston, 2003). By engaging students in "pay it forward" experiences, this assignment can help foster a sense of active citizenship. Often political engagement is associated with acts related…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Speeches, Assignments, Citizenship
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Swenson-Lepper, Tammy – Communication Teacher, 2012
First-year students at many universities find themselves in new communities, with little understanding of how their new university, city, academic, or career communities function. Developing a student's sense of community can have long-term benefits. Using the theme of "Community" in the basic public speaking course provides students with…
Descriptors: Assignments, Public Speaking, Speech Skills, College Freshmen
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Dibartolo, Patricia Marten; Molina, Kristine – Communication Teacher, 2010
Fear of public speaking is the most common social fear experienced by the general population and can have far-reaching academic effects, including lower course grades and even an increased likelihood to drop out of college. The typical curricular approach to remediating public speaking fears in college students is to provide training in basic…
Descriptors: College Students, Public Speaking, Anxiety, Cognitive Restructuring
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Charlesworth, Dacia – Communication Teacher, 2010
Invention deals with the content of a speech, arrangement involves placing the content in an order that is most strategic, style focuses on selecting linguistic devices, such as metaphor, to make the message more appealing, memory assists the speaker in delivering the message correctly, and delivery ideally enables great reception of the message.…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Speeches, Rhetoric, Singing
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Smith-Sanders, Alane K. – Communication Teacher, 2008
This article presents a class activity where students work in dyads to select an artifact related to a course topic and, using this artifact, develop discussion questions to engage their classmates. This cultural artifact assignment is intended to, in part, answer John Dewey's call to cultivate connections between subject matter and life…
Descriptors: Relevance (Education), Discussion, Class Activities, Critical Thinking
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Deifell, David C. – Communication Teacher, 2007
This article presents a public speaking assignment that takes the study of rhetoric seriously. First, it shifts the approach from the common typology of informative, persuasive, and ceremonial speeches toward forensic, deliberative, and epideictic rhetoric. Second, this assignment takes rhetoric seriously by generating the understanding that all…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Assignments, Rhetoric, Rhetorical Invention
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Stokes-Eley, Stephanie – Communication Teacher, 2007
Student-led chapter presentations provide an excellent opportunity for instructors to evaluate a student's comprehension of the assigned chapter, as well as the student's ability to present and convey information in a public forum. Although several instructors realize the benefits of requiring students to complete chapter presentations either as…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Audiences, Experiential Learning, Learning Processes
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Engen, David E. – Communication Teacher, 2005
There exists a natural connection between civic engagement and the public speaking class. Too often, however, this connection remains indirect at best and lost in a sea of uninspired topic selections and convenient source cites at worst. This assignment offers one way to help public speaking students increase their civic awareness and imagination…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Speech Skills, Citizenship Education, Citizen Participation
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Gray, Jonathan M. – Communication Teacher, 2005
Sharing information orally is an important skill that public speaking classes teach well. However, the author's students report that they do not often see informative lectures, demonstrations, presentations, or discussions that follow the structures and formats of an informative speech as it is discussed in their textbooks. As a result, the author…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Credibility, Audiences, Evaluation Criteria
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Walters-Kramer, Lori A. – Communication Teacher, 2004
Objective: To learn about candidates for a political office by presenting and listening to speeches about the candidates and their platforms. Type of speech: Informative. Point value: 100 points, which is 10% of course grade. Requirements: (a) References: Minimum of 3 from recent and varying publications; (b) Length: 5-7 minutes; (c) Visual aid:…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Young Adults, Speech Communication, Higher Education
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Martinez, Stephanie Poole – Communication Teacher, 2004
Objective: To demonstrate the connection between students' learning and the world beyond the classroom. Type of speech: Informative. Point value: 15% of course grade. Requirements: (a) References: 3 (1 of which must be an interview); (b) Length: 4-6 minutes; (c) Visual aid: No; (d) Outline: Yes; (e) Prerequisite reading: Chapters 3-6, 8, 9…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Service Learning, Altruism, Interviews
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