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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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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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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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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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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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Gan, Ivan – Communication Teacher, 2015
Orators of folk literature and nursery rhymes entertain, inform, and persuade their audiences through the straightforward plots in those genres. Because nursery rhymes recitations usually happen in groups, they help children acquire the mechanics of oral communication and promote communal bonding. Although nursery rhymes have a simpler form than…
Descriptors: Folk Culture, Childrens Literature, Nursery Rhymes, Teaching Methods
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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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Veil, Shari R. – Communication Teacher, 2010
Objectives: Students will demonstrate research, decision making, team building, and public speaking skills, while applying issues management and crisis communication concepts in a realistic setting. Courses: Introduction to Public Relations, Public Relations Cases, Crisis Communication.
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Team Training, Public Relations, Speech Skills
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Glaser, Hollis F. – Communication Teacher, 2006
One of the frustrations with the basic public-speaking course is that there is an inevitable tendency to teach the old sender-message-context-receiver model of communication. Many of the basic texts use it, and the typical assignments--one speaker in front of an audience--certainly reinforce it. Feminists have envisioned an alternative way of…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Listening, Exit Examinations, Communication Skills
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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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Miller, Jackson B. – Communication Teacher, 2005
Memoria, one of the original five canons of rhetoric, has been described as a lost art. While "word-for-word" memorization and presentation of classic speeches was an important component of rhetorical training that "persisted through the middle ages," it receives no more than a brief mention (usually in the sections outlining different types of…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Rhetoric, Memory, Memorization