Ch 9: MTEL Speech: Ethical & Legal Communications

About This Chapter

Develop a deeper understanding of public communication ethics and legal responsibilities with our video lessons and quizzes. Knowledge of these topics will help you when taking the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Speech exam.

MTEL Speech: Ethical & Legal Communications - Chapter Summary

You will use the lessons in this chapter to help you review what you know or learn new facts about ethical standards and laws pertaining to public communication and free speech. You will have the opportunity to study term definitions and historical examples to support the narrative text of each lesson. Once you have completed your review, you should be able to express the following which will help you answer these types of questions on the MTEL Speech exam:

  • Discussing the meaning and theories of ethics
  • Identifying standards affecting public relations professionals
  • Explaining the results of unethical behavior in communications
  • Summarizing details about copyright laws
  • Defining and supplying examples of plagiarism and bias
  • Listing the types of media bias

The lessons are brief but detailed, with the instructors guiding you through the material with simple language and illustrations that make learning easy and fun. You can assess what you've learned and test your readiness for the MTEL Speech exam by taking the self-assessment quizzes accompanying each lesson.

MTEL Speech: Ethical & Legal Communications - Chapter Objectives

The Ethical & Legal Communications chapter is designed to enhance your knowledge of freedom of speech principles, practices and theories as well as the importance of communications ethics and laws. Questions about these topics are found in the first portion of the MTEL Speech exam, which covers the role of public speech in democratic societies. This subarea reflects half of the multiple-choice portion of the exam, which is 80% of the entire exam. Two open-response questions account for the remaining 20% of the exam.

Massachusetts administers MTEL exams for preK-12 educators seeking licensure in the state. The tests are designed to measure general communication and literacy skills as well as knowledge of and ability to teach in specific content areas. The MTEL Speech exams consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and two open-response questions. You will need to score a 240 to pass this exam.

8 Lessons in Chapter 9: MTEL Speech: Ethical & Legal Communications
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Theories of Ethics: Rights & Natural Laws

1. Theories of Ethics: Rights & Natural Laws

Legal rights are those rights provided to citizens through the Constitution and other articles of the US legal system. Natural rights are rooted in the ethical, based on what is right or wrong. Learn more about ethics in this lesson.

Effect of Democratic Practices on Free Speech

2. Effect of Democratic Practices on Free Speech

Free speech and democracy are two major buzzwords in American politics, but how exactly do they interact? In this lesson, we'll talk about the ways that democratic practices can both encourage and limit free speech.

Ethical Standards in Public Communication

3. Ethical Standards in Public Communication

When you think of journalists, do you immediately think of ethical standards? Should you? This lesson reviews the ethical standards associated with public communication.

Unethical Communication: Definition & Behaviors

4. Unethical Communication: Definition & Behaviors

Communication is an extremely important part of every society. In this lesson, we're going to talk about unethical communication and see what sort of behaviors harm ethical interactions.

What are Copyright Laws? - Definition & Overview

5. What are Copyright Laws? - Definition & Overview

If you have ever written anything original in your life, you're protected by copyright laws. In this lesson, you'll learn about copyright laws and some of their key concepts. A short quiz follows the lesson.

What is Plagiarism? - Definition & Explanation

6. What is Plagiarism? - Definition & Explanation

Plagiarism can sometimes be difficult for students to recognize. This lesson helps to clarify any confusion surrounding exactly what does and does not constitute plagiarism.

What is Bias? - Definition & Types

7. What is Bias? - Definition & Types

Through this lesson, you will learn how to define bias and explore a brief introduction to some of the types that exist in psychology and the social sciences. When you are through with the lesson, you can test your new knowledge with a short quiz.

Media Bias & Criticism: Definition, Types & Examples

8. Media Bias & Criticism: Definition, Types & Examples

Media bias occurs when a media outlet reports a news story in a partial or prejudiced manner. There are many different types of media bias. This lesson takes a look at the most common types of media bias.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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