Ch 1: MTEL Speech: Theories of Rhetoric

About This Chapter

In the Theories of Rhetoric chapter of our MTEL Speech test prep exam, you will gain insights into the profound impact of the spoken word. Working through these video and text lessons will provide you with excellent practice for the MTEL Speech exam.

MTEL Speech: Theories of Rhetoric - Chapter Summary

Enhance your understanding, appreciation and expertise in powerful public speaking through our chapter on theories of rhetoric. From Demosthenes and Cicero to Elizabeth I and Sir Winston Churchill, great speakers have profoundly shaped history and the human experience. These text and video lessons will assist you with the skills listed below:

  • Defining and explaining rhetoric
  • Defining and explaining rhetorical shift
  • Understanding logos, pathos and ethos
  • Understanding and using the rhetorical device
  • Defining and explaining rhetorical criticism
  • Understanding classical and contemporary rhetoric
  • Understanding the impact of rhetoric on an audience

These brief, brightly presented and well-written video and text lessons make studying a pleasure. Fully written transcripts with highlighted vocabulary accompany each of the lessons, and our instructors are available for questions or consultation whenever you required additional assistance.

MTEL Speech: Theories of Rhetoric Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Speech examination is part of the licensure and certification process for Massachusetts teacher candidates. It is a criterion-referenced exam consisting of three subareas. Our Theories of Rhetoric chapter addresses competencies that fall under Subarea I: The Role of Public Speech in Democratic Societies, which accounts for 40% of the exam.

You will be required to answer 100 multiple-choice questions and compose written responses to two open-ended items on this fully computer-based test. Each of your written response answers must be between 150 and 300 words long, and you must answer both of them.

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: MTEL Speech: Theories of Rhetoric
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What is Rhetoric? - Definition, Devices & Examples

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.

Rhetorical Shift: Definition & Examples

2. 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.

Rhetorical Triangle: Definition & Example

3. 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.

Rhetorical Device: Definition & Examples

4. 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.

What is Rhetorical Criticism? - Definition & Methods

5. What is Rhetorical Criticism? - Definition & Methods

How do people use words to persuade an audience? In this lesson, you will learn to analyze the art of persuasion, or rhetoric by exploring the definition and methods of rhetorical criticism.

Identifying Contemporary Rhetoric

6. 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.

Identifying & Understanding Classical Rhetoric

7. 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.

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