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Ch 7: Essential Elements of Speech & Discourse

About This Chapter

Learn about the essential elements of speech and discourse by watching these video lessons. The chapter also contains other educational resources that will be useful in helping you understand these topics.

Essential Elements of Speech & Discourse - Chapter Summary

The lessons you can watch when you go through this chapter will teach you about some of the essential elements of speech and discourse you will need to know in order to understand communication as a whole. The lessons' instructors will take you through different types of discourse and their relationship to human communication, explaining all information in a way that anyone can understand. Each lesson is dedicated to a different subtopic, ensuring that you learn the most comprehensive information on this subject. The lessons include overviews of:

  • The definition and examples of academic discourse
  • General purpose vs. specific purpose in speeches
  • The definition and types of speech disfluencies
  • Activities that promote and improve speech communication skills

After you've watched the videos, you can ensure that you have accurately understood each point by taking the practice quizzes also included in the chapter. If you want to return to specific points, each lesson has a video tab that will be helpful in bookmarking some major points in the video. Make sure to track your progress so you can see how far you've come as you go through each lesson!

5 Lessons in Chapter 7: Essential Elements of Speech & Discourse
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Academic Discourse: Definition & Examples

1. Academic Discourse: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we cover the concept of academic discourse and how it varies from traditional communication. In addition to defining academic discourse, we provide examples of how it can be used properly as well as misused. A short quiz follows the lesson.

General Purpose vs. Specific Purpose of a Speech

2. General Purpose vs. Specific Purpose of a Speech

Understanding the general and specific purpose of your speech will help you develop and focus your speech to meet the needs of your delivery and of your audience. This lesson will help you understand the differences and how to create a specific purpose statement.

Speech Disfluencies: Definition & Types

3. Speech Disfluencies: Definition & Types

Speech disfluencies are breaks or interruptions in speech that affect the flow of words. In this lesson, learn more about the different types of speech disfluencies from examples.

Lesson Activities to Promote Speech Communication Skills

4. Lesson Activities to Promote Speech Communication Skills

Speech communication can be one of the most valuable skills a student can develop. In this lesson, we will explore different ways you can use classroom activities to promote speech communication skills.

Improving Communication Skills: Self-Disclosure, Listening & Non-Verbal Communication

5. Improving Communication Skills: Self-Disclosure, Listening & Non-Verbal Communication

Self-disclosure, listening, and nonverbal communication are three important conversation strategies people use. This lesson will discuss what they are, how they may be interpreted, and some tips for improving them.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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