ERIC Number: EJ888843
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Interlocutor Informative Speech
Gray, Jonathan M.
Communication Teacher, v19 n3 p84-88 Jul 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 developed the Interlocutor Informative Speaking assignment to meet several goals: (1) to employ a genre for which there were many examples; (2) to emphasize skills in making credibility claims, especially when establishing the credibility of another individual; (3) to help speakers make complex information more accessible to the uninformed; (4) to demonstrate critical listening and good audience behavior; (5) to provide students with more opportunities to speak in the course of a public speaking class; and (6) to provide a transition from "special occasion" speeches to the fact-sharing mode of informative speaking. This activity aims to provide students with a collaborative experience at informing others, featuring the skills involved in facilitation and making credibility claims for others.
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Credibility, Audiences, Evaluation Criteria, Interviews, Questioning Techniques, Communication Strategies, Communication Skills, Teaching Methods, Classroom Techniques, Role Playing, Class Activities, Assignments, Classroom Communication, Evaluation Methods, College Instruction, Media Literacy, Educational Technology, Television, Speech Skills, Discourse Analysis
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A