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ERIC Number: EJ969591
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
"Community" as a Guiding Theme for the Public Speaking Course
Swenson-Lepper, Tammy
Communication Teacher, v26 n3 p170-177 2012
First-year students at many universities find themselves in new communities, with little understanding of how their new university, city, academic, or career communities function. Developing a student's sense of community can have long-term benefits. Using the theme of "Community" in the basic public speaking course provides students with opportunities to directly explore many communities in their informative, persuasive, and group presentations. While there are other graded assignments and activities that provide students with opportunities to improve their public speaking skills and to learn about community, the three major speaking assignments, which make up more than 50% of the student's grade, are the most relevant to the theme. The three assignments are an individual informative presentation, an individual persuasive presentation, and a group presentation. These assignments are designed to promote involvement in the classroom and the community and to make learning relevant. A list of references and suggested readings is included. (Contains 1 note.)
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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