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ERIC Number: ED393130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Personal Coat-of-Arms Speech: Application in the Basic Course.
Matula, Theodore
The personal coat-of-arms speech provides students with specific directions in constructing a speech of introduction and has been used with success at Illinois State University, Daley College (Chicago), St. Xavier University (Chicago), and Ohio State University. The personal coat-of-arms speech gives students concrete experience on which to draw as they study aspects of speech, such as working with a visual aid, practicing delivery technique, brainstorming ideas, and learning about the relationship of language to values. The assignment requires students to prepare a visual aid with images representing 2 things they do well, something they fear, someone/something they love, how they would spend a $10 million lottery prize, and what they see themselves doing in the future. They must also invent or appropriate a motto which represents a value that guides the way they live. When students present their coat-of-arms, they are not allowed to speak from notes, instead they are encouraged to use their visual aid as a memory clue, elaborating on the images to explain what they represent to the individual. Adopted by a number of instructors who teach presentational speaking, this speech assignment has met with much positive response. (A two-page assignment criteria is appended.) (CR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Applied Communication; Speech Communication Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (81st, San Antonio, TX, November 18-21, 1995).