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ERIC Number: ED253899
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Viewing the Speech Class as an Authentic Audience: An Activity and Assignment for Beginning Students.
Ortiz, Joe
While audience analysis is an important concept to be taught in any beginning speech class, seldom are students urged to view their classmates as an authentic audience and to consider their needs and interests in speech planning. The Dyadic Interview Activity is one that can help students apply the principles of audience analysis in planning their classroom speeches. The Dyadic Interview Activity is used during the first or second class meeting of the semester. This getting acquainted activity involves the students in pairing-up and gathering information about one another. Additional information such as hobbies, goals, interests, group memberships, and concerns about current events is generated in the interviews. The structure of the introduction speech is then discussed, and students outline a short speech about their partners. Students then stand before the class and introduce their partners via their speech. The remaining students take notes on the characteristics of each of the students as they are introduced, and the resulting list becomes the basis for viewing the class as an authentic audience. As a written follow-up assignment, students are asked to write down five topics that the class would be interested in based on the data from the introductions. (A sample written assignment resulting from the dyadic activity is appended). (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Audience Awareness