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Haugen, Jenna; Lucas, Kristen – Communication Teacher, 2019
Courses: Public speaking, business and professional communication, group communication. Objectives: This activity will introduce Monroe's Motivated Sequence as a way to organize persuasive arguments; improve students' ability to deliver presentations with consistent content, voice, and style; and improve team-based delivery skills.
Descriptors: Sequential Approach, Communication Skills, Group Activities, Public Speaking
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Mou-Danha, Seseer; Yakubova, Muhabbat; Vosen Callens, Melissa – Communication Teacher, 2019
Courses: Public Speaking, Advanced Public Speaking, Capstone Courses. Objective: This activity is designed to help students identify different components of an elevator speech and assemble elevator speeches highlighting their strengths. The activity ultimately increases students' sense of self-competence.
Descriptors: Self Esteem, College Instruction, College Students, Public Speaking
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Berry, Marcia – Communication Teacher, 2018
Courses: Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, Introduction to Communication Studies, Business Communication. Objectives: The goal for this activity is not only to provide students with an understanding of their initial, derived, and terminal credibility when relating a personal, edifying story but also to…
Descriptors: Credibility, Perspective Taking, Teaching Methods, Audience Awareness
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Young, Joshua E.; Potter, David J. – Communication Teacher, 2018
Courses: This activity is designed specifically for public-speaking courses, but it could be used in the general introductory communication course. It also holds potential for use in persuasion, argumentation, or strategic communication courses. Objectives: This activity helps students understand audience as a more complicated concept--one that…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Introductory Courses, Class Activities, Teaching Methods
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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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Ramos Salazar, Leslie – Communication Teacher, 2017
Courses: Public Speaking, Business and Professional Communication, Persuasion, or any other skill-based oral communication course. Objectives: Students will practice the development and demonstration of persuasive arguments in this single-class social judgment theory activity to improve their ability to change resistant audience attitudes.
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Resistance (Psychology), Social Theories, Public Speaking
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Opt, Susan K. – Communication Teacher, 2017
Courses: Introduction to Communication, Public Speaking, Persuasion, Business Communication. Objective: This activity increases students' understanding of audience adaptation and improves their ability to adapt presentations to specific audiences.
Descriptors: Teamwork, Audience Analysis, Communication Skills, Communication Strategies
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Strawser, Michael G. – Communication Teacher, 2017
Courses: This activity could be used in a basic public-speaking course to demonstrate messaging and the development of the three pillars of public speaking: content, organization, and delivery. In a basic communication course, this activity would help illustrate the process of communication (sender, receiver, feedback, channel, etc.). A mass…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Speech Skills, Communication Skills, Communication Strategies
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Pawlowski, Donna R. – Communication Teacher, 2017
Courses: Presentational courses such as Public Speaking, Interviewing, Business and Professional, Persuasion, Interpersonal; any course where civility may be promoted in the classroom. Objectives: At the end of this single-class activity, students will have an understanding of civility in order to: (1) identify civility and consequences of…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Questioning Techniques, Persuasive Discourse, Interpersonal Communication
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Leopold, Lisa – Communication Teacher, 2017
Courses: Advanced Public Speaking, Argumentation Theory. Objectives: This activity aims to enhance students' ability to make statistics compelling and persuasive.
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Public Speaking, Rhetorical Theory, Statistics
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Herakova, Liliana – Communication Teacher, 2017
Courses: Public Speaking, Storytelling, Performance Ethnography, Oral Interpretation, Language and Communication. Objectives: The aims of this class exercise are: (1) To engage in a collaborative creative process of developing a story/topic from a simple idea to deepening the relationship with the audience through vivid and evocative language; (2)…
Descriptors: Fairy Tales, Language Usage, Class Activities, Teaching Methods
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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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Pruim, Douglas E. – Communication Teacher, 2016
Courses: Disaster Day (DD) is a single-class activity designed for public speaking classrooms, but could also be applied to courses addressing small group communication. Objectives: DD integrates fundamental skills of the basic speech course, fosters participation through group work, and introduces new concepts and skills. By the end of the…
Descriptors: Speech Skills, Cooperative Learning, Teaching Methods, Class Activities
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Lawrence, Samuel G. – Communication Teacher, 2015
A fundamental challenge that all public speakers face is getting and keeping the attention of audiences. Because audiences absorb large amounts of talk with little chance of taking the floor, the potential for inattentiveness and boredom is significant. In conversational interchanges, the brief duration of speaking turns and regular transfers of…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Audience Awareness, Audience Analysis, Class Activities
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Gratch, Ariel – Communication Teacher, 2015
People express part of their identity through their style, gestures, speech patterns, and language use. Other people read these displays as presentations of ourself, an insight into who we are. It is important, therefore, for students to recognize their own performance of identity and be able to express that identity in a clear way. By focusing on…
Descriptors: Student Development, Self Concept, Self Expression, Class Activities
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