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8.2.3: Introduction to Communications - Communication Scenarios

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  • READING 091

    Introduction to Communications

    Communication Scenarios

    Learning Objectives

    • Today’s Essential Question: What can college students gain from studying  Communications?
    • Surveying and Annotating “Why Public Speaking Matters Today,” from Speak Up, Speak Out, a communications textbook, Chapter1
    • Group exercise: Benefits of Studying and Mastering Communication Competencies

    • HOMEWORK: Finish annotation of the chapter.

    Today’s Essential Question: What can college students gain from studying  Communications? 

    • Create new notebook entry for this group exercise: 

      Why study communications?   3/31

    • Large group discussion: Based on what you know so far, in what specific ways can college students benefit from studying communication and taking communications courses?

    PRE-READING: Survey reading materials and relate to background knowledge.  Set a purpose for reading.

    • Review Communications 100 Course Competencies

    • Review your Chapter 1 packet and the course competencies sheet to learn more specifically how college students can benefit from a Communications course.

    • Choose your top four reasons for taking a communications class. Be able to explain the reasonswith supporting examples.

    • Plan for each member to report out verbally on a reasonyour group selected – with examples.

    • LARGE GROUP DEBRIEF

    Research from Morreale& Pearson (2008)

    The Millennial generation needs training in skills required to navigate a global world, including competencies related to electronic and intercultural communication. New York Times columnist and best-selling author, Thomas Friedman (2006), talks about what college graduates need to know and be able to do in order to be successful in the 21st century:

    You need to like people. You need to be good at managing or interacting with other people. Although having good people skills has always been an asset in the working world, it will be even more so in a flat world [advances in technology and communication putting diverse people in touch as never before]. That said, I am not sure how you teach that as part of a classroom curriculum, but someone had better figure it out. (p. 106).

    The communication discipline has figured it out and now needs to promulgatethis knowledge to society. We in the discipline need to argue soundly and provide evidence of the importance of our subject matter. 

    Morreale & Pearson’s Meta-analysis (2008)*

    1. development of the whole person (10 references); 
    2. improvement of the educational enterprise (19 references); 
    3. being a responsible participant in the world, socially and culturally (6 references);
    4. succeeding as an individual in one’s career and in business (23 references).

    The last two themes are unique to this study, although they are conceptually related to the fourth theme:

    1. enhancing organizational processes and organizational life (24 references) 
    2. emerging concerns in the 21st century (11 references focused on health communication, crisis and communication, crime and policing)

    *Morreale, P. & J. Pearson. (2008). Why communication education is important: The centrality of the discipline in the 21stCentury. Communication Education,  57.2. 

    Add to your current Reader’s Notebook entry

    • How can YOU personally could benefit from taking a communications course? Offer two reasonsyou could benefit and support with supporting examples/illustrations from your current or previous experiences. 

    READING SKILL: Parts of Speech

    Write the following definitions in your Reader’s Notebook.  Create a title in your TOC using the headingfrom this slide and today’s date.  

    • ADJECTIVE- words that describe nouns

    • NOUN- person, place, thing, idea

    • ADVERB- words that describe verbs

    • VERB- action (past, present, future)

    READING SKILL: Parts of Speech

    Write the following definitions in your Reader’s Notebook.  Create a title in your TOC using the headingfrom this slide and today’s date.  

    • ADJECTIVE- words that describe nouns

    • NOUN- person, place, thing, idea

    • ADVERB- words that describe verbs

    • VERB- action (past, present, future)

    READING SKILL: Word parts

    Write the following word parts in your Reader’s Notebook.  Create a title in your TOC using the headingfrom this slide and today’s date.  

    Readers use knowledge of word parts to learnand paraphraseinformation. 

    PREFIXES

    ROOTS

    SUFFIXES

    en- (cause to, put in)

    de- (opposite of, down)

    non- (not, opposite of)

    in- (into, not, opposite of)

    trans- (across)

    inter- (between, among)

    mono (one)

    di/dia (two, through, across)

    log/logue (word)

    act  (do)

    -al (adjective)

    -ic (adjective)

    * having characteristics of or relating to the root word to which it is attached.

     

    Read and Apply

    Read and annotate Ch.1: Why Public Speaking Matters Today from Speak Up, Speak Out!.

     

    HOMEWORK: Finish annotation of the chapter.

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