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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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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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Louis, Ross – Communication Teacher, 2016
Courses: Public Speaking. Objectives: This semester-long service-learning activity examines access to affordable healthy food as a social justice issue, using critical ethnography as a framework to help students understand the link between activism and public speaking skills. After completing the project, students will be able to: (1) develop a…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Ethnography, Food, Food Standards
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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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Geraths, Cory; Kennerly, Michele – Communication Teacher, 2015
The purpose of this course is to revive the commonplace book and revise it for the digital age. Though by the early modern period (c. 1500-1800) assembling quotations and other material had long been a trusted means of moral and rhetorical development, it was during that time that so-called "commonplace books" came into being as…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Speech Communication, Introductory Courses, Rhetorical Criticism
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Jones, Kevin T. – Communication Teacher, 2015
Teaching students to understand the importance of audience analysis can be challenging. In fact, many public-speaking texts suggest methods for engaging audience analysis that is not always practical or possible (e.g., polling audiences before you speak to them). One practical way of understanding audience analysis is to see it at work in the text…
Descriptors: Audience Analysis, Speeches, Presidents, Educational Practices