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Human Communication Processes - Chapter Summary
Go through each of these lessons to examine major dimensions of human communications processes. You'll pick up helpful information about the different types of rhetoric and how perception influences the communication process. Our instructors are experts in their fields, and they convey what you need to know clearly and informatively. After you review the chapter, you should be able to:
- Define rhetoric, classical rhetoric and contemporary rhetoric
- Explain the importance of communication and the communication process
- Describe rhetorical shifts and the rhetorical triangle
- Illustrate rhetorical devices
- Analyze how rhetoric affects audience
Go directly to points you want to focus on in each video by using the timeline tags. You can also find key vocabulary set off in bold print in the accompanying video transcript. Once you're comfortable with these topics, use the practice quiz questions to assess your retention.
1. What is Rhetoric? - Definition, Devices & Examples
If you don't read this lesson, you'll never understand what rhetoric means! That may or may not be true; it's probably just hyperbole. Read about the different definitions of rhetoric and some of its most popular means of persuasion.
2. Identifying & Understanding Classical Rhetoric
The field of rhetoric, or the study of argument and persuasion, dates back to Ancient Greece. The three most important scholars of what we now call classical rhetoric - Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle - introduced concepts of rhetoric that are still used today.
3. Identifying Contemporary Rhetoric
This lesson will familiarize you with the concept of rhetoric and identify its application in the language of President Bush's 'Homeland Security' speech of 2002.
4. What is Communication? - Definition & Importance
Any task or transaction that requires more than one person can only be successfully completed with communication. In this lesson, you'll learn what communication is, types of communication and the importance of communication.
5. The Communication Process
This lesson describes the process of communication. Terms such as sender, receiver, channel, encoding, decoding, noise, and feedback will be defined and explained with examples.
6. How Perception Influences the Communication Process
Perception's effect on the communication process is all about how the same message can be interpreted differently by different people. Distortions, such as stereotypes, projections and halo effects, all affect worker relationships and productivity.
7. Rhetorical Shift: Definition & Examples
Just like shifting sands in a desert, a rhetorical shift can be hard to detect. In this lesson, you'll uncover just how these stylistic variations work and even get to pick out some examples from a very famous speech.
8. Rhetorical Triangle: Definition & Example
In this lesson, we will explore the persuasive appeals of the rhetorical triangle, including logos, pathos, and ethos. Learn how these three parts of communication work together in an argument.
9. Rhetorical Device: Definition & Examples
Rhetorical devices are used in language to communicate effectively and persuade. Here you'll discover more about rhetorical devices and learn how to put some of them to use in some persuasion of your own.
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Other chapters within the MTTC Speech (004): Practice & Study Guide course
- The Listening Process
- Understanding Verbal & Nonverbal Communication
- Elements of Interpersonal Communication
- Oral & Written Language Skills
- Essential Elements of Speech & Discourse
- Communication in Small Groups & Teams
- Understanding & Responding to Presentations
- Interview Preparation & Strategies
- Public Speaking & Audience Analysis
- Preparing for Speeches
- Using Visual Aids in Presentations
- Elements of Speech Delivery
- Vocal Production & Performance Basics
- History, Formats & Logic of Debates
- Ethical Communication
- Media Literacy
- Types & Influence of Mass Communication & Media
- Language Arts in Speech Communication Curriculum
- The Michigan Speech Communication Educator
- MTTC Speech Flashcards