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ERIC Number: EJ911552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
Teaching Elocution in the 21st-Century Communication Classroom
Munsell, Jason
Communication Teacher, v25 n1 p16-24 Jan 2011
Teaching about elocution in the 21st century classroom has the potential to aid students in learning about not only strategic rhetorical delivery, but also rhetorical empowerment. Normative, stereotypical gender roles still constrain women's performances in the public sphere. Thus elocution informs present day classrooms in at least a couple of ways. Explicitly, a focus on elocution helps students pay particularly close attention to delivery and/or nonverbal communication/body movement/visual rhetoric. Implicitly, elocution as contemporary communicative/rhetorical performance becomes a way to challenge the argumentative--masculine some might say--norms of traditional public speaking and rhetoric. This lesson/activity introduces students to some basic tenants of elocution and thus utilizes 19th century elocution theories and practices in the contemporary pedagogical efforts to not only teach students about the contours of disciplinary history, but also how elocution theory and practice might inform present day communicative practices. This activity is useful in a variety of classes from a hybrid basic course, to public speaking, any class dealing with disciplinary history, to any contemporary rhetoric class or performance studies class. A list of references and suggested readings is included.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A