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ERIC Number: ED341086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-2
Pages: 17
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Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking: A System for Differentiating Benefits and Practical Applications.
Preston, C. Thomas, Jr.
Intercollegiate forensics has been shown to provide extensive added value to its participants regardless of whether the student stresses debate, individual events, or both. Of the individual event genres, only the limited preparation events have not been distinguished by their content goals. Most textbooks consider impromptu and extemporaneous speaking events to be synonymous. Fostering the literal/metaphorical distinction, however, would serve to magnify the different practical applications of offering both events instead of just one or the other. Three ways to make such a distinction are to: (1) distinguish metaphorical analysis from literal analysis; (2) outline the types of benefits a student should accrue from the metaphorical analysis ideally required of impromptu speaking, providing practical applications of these skills in the here-and-now world; and (3) outline the types of benefits a student should accrue from the literal analysis ideally required of extemporaneous speaking, providing practical applications of these skills in the here-and-now world. Understanding the benefits students would gain by participating in both events could not only help the communication discipline better explain the difference between events, but also to meet the standard of accountability by becoming better able to justify offering both events. In addition, there are many unique benefits to the students' understanding of their thought processes, language use, and rhetorical theory, as well as practical applications of each event that would stem from the full development and implementation of the literal/metaphoric distinction. (Twenty-five references are attached.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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