Oral & Written Discourse: Definitions & Characteristics


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Which form of discourse might a college professor employ when needing to deliver a full lecture to his class?

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1. When the deliverer of discourse desires for the information to be permanent, which form of discourse might he or she choose?

2. What are speech acts?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These quiz questions will test your understanding of oral and written discourse. Some topics on the short quiz include the discourse used in a lecture from a professor in the classroom and discourse that can be permanent.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be quizzed on these points:

  • Speech acts
  • What is and is not a positive characteristic of oral discourse
  • Explanation of genre

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast oral and written discourse
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding discourse that's permanently available and a type of discourse that a professor gives to his/her class
  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately define the terms 'genre' and 'speech acts'

Additional Learning

The accompanying lesson titled Oral & Written Discourse: Definitions & Characteristics will teach you more about the following:

  • Explanation of discourse
  • Discourse markers
  • Pros and cons associated with different types of discourse
  • Participant structure when it comes to discourse in the classroom