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Ch 4: MTTC English: Listening & Communication Strategies

About This Chapter

Study for the MTTC English assessment with confidence by taking advantage of resources in this chapter. Watch engaging videos about listening and communication strategies then take short quizzes to gauge your comprehension of the lessons.

MTTC English: Listening & Communication Strategies - Chapter Summary

The video lessons in this chapter are designed to give you a comprehensive overview of listening and communication strategies. Use the lessons to enhance your studies for the MTTC English assessment so you're ready to answer questions that address the following:

  • Understanding the communication process
  • Identifying the four stages of the listening process
  • Analyzing critical thinking and listening and the role of visuals in communication
  • Describing how to use vocal qualities the convey meaning in public speaking
  • Defining patterns of organization for informative and persuasive speeches
  • Understanding how to be an audience-centered speaker
  • Describing effective listening and how diction influences the style of a speech

Use the videos to create an efficient studying experience. Navigate lessons in sequence, or any order that suits you, while using the timelines to jump quickly to specific topics within the videos. You can revisit the lessons, as often as needed, to ensure you fully comprehend the materials.

MTTC English: Listening & Communication Strategies Chapter Objectives

The MTTC English: Listening & Communication Strategies chapter was created to help you prepare for the assessment by tackling topics covered in the meaning and communication subarea, which is one of four subareas and constitutes 20% of the total test. A passing score of 220 allows you to teach English at the middle grades and secondary levels in Michigan schools by adding an endorsement to your teaching certificate.

The assessment is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions and can be taken on paper or computer. A great way to prepare for the test is by taking the self-assessment quiz found with each lesson in this chapter to reinforce concepts learned while giving you access to questions formatted similarly to those on the exam. If, while taking the lesson quizzes, you get stuck on a question, use the clickable links to jump back to the related topic in the video. Any questions you have about the chapter can be submitted to instructors who are ready to help.

11 Lessons in Chapter 4: MTTC English: Listening & Communication Strategies
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The Communication Process

1. 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.

The Four Stages of the Listening Process

2. The Four Stages of the Listening Process

As messages are sent to us, it seems as though we simply hear and react, but there is actually a process that our brains use to process the information. It begins with attending, then interpreting, responding and finally remembering the information.

Critical Listening & Thinking: Evaluating Others' Speeches

3. Critical Listening & Thinking: Evaluating Others' Speeches

Critical listening skills go far beyond just hearing a speaker's message. They involve analyzing the information in a speech and making important decisions about truth, authenticity and relevance. Learn about critical listening and thinking skills in this lesson.

The Role of Visuals in Communication

4. The Role of Visuals in Communication

Visuals used in business communication can help with message development. This lesson will explain how the use of visuals can increase understanding, development, communication, and the retainment of a message.

Using Vocal Qualities to Convey Meaning in Public Speaking

5. Using Vocal Qualities to Convey Meaning in Public Speaking

To keep your audience engaged, it is important to consider vocal qualities like volume, pace and pitch. These qualities are what keep your speech not only interesting but also engaging. Learn about vocal qualities in this lesson.

Patterns of Organization for Informative Speeches

6. Patterns of Organization for Informative Speeches

Informational speeches are designed to inform an audience about a topic. The information should be organized so it is clear, logical and easy to understand and follow. The pattern of organization depends greatly on the information presented.

Patterns of Organization for Persuasive Speeches

7. Patterns of Organization for Persuasive Speeches

Organizing information for a persuasive speech will help to convince your audience of your point and keeps information flowing in a logical order. This can be done using a problem/solution order or Monroe's motivated sequence pattern.

Be an Audience-Centered Speaker: Focusing on Listeners' Needs

8. Be an Audience-Centered Speaker: Focusing on Listeners' Needs

The best way a speaker can ensure that his message is communicated effectively is to consider his audience and their biases and beliefs. Getting to know and understand the audience will help to create a speech that carries meaning.

Effective Listening: Definition & Obstacles

9. Effective Listening: Definition & Obstacles

It seems counterintuitive that a public speaker should focus on effective listening. However, a good public speaker must know a few things about his audience in order to effectively communicate his message.

How Diction Influences the Style of a Speech

10. How Diction Influences the Style of a Speech

Audience understanding has much to do with the speech writer's word choice. Diction involves an accurate, appropriate and understandable selection of words to better convey the meaning of a speech.

Adapting to Your Audience During and After Your Speech

11. Adapting to Your Audience During and After Your Speech

Preparing for your speech is only one way in which a speaker can ensure audience adaptation. You need a keen eye for non-verbal cues during and after the speech to determine whether your audience is paying attention.

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