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Ch 31: PLACE English: Effective Communication & Types of Speech

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Let us help you review oral communication and types of speech topics covered on the PLACE English exam. Video lessons and quizzes in this chapter cover the critical-thinking process and the characteristics of effective public speeches.

PLACE English: Effective Communication & Types of Speech - Chapter Summary

Take another look at the forms of nonverbal and verbal communication involved in public speaking to prepare for your PLACE English exam. Short video lessons cover the following topics:

  • Speech delivery and organization
  • Supporting ideas in a speech
  • Persuasive and informative speeches
  • Language use in public speeches
  • Methods for responding to the audience
  • Vocal traits and vocal qualities
  • Nonverbal communication
  • The critical-thinking process
  • Speech evaluation

Instruction in this chapter is broken up into self-paced lessons lasting ten minutes or less, which means you can choose to spend your time studying speech organization, speech delivery, or any other aspect of public speaking that you feel needs to be addressed. The quizzes and worksheets included at the end of each lesson can also be used to check your understanding of the material and keep your test-prep goals on track.

PLACE English: Effective Communication & Types of Speech Chapter Objectives

Prospective English teachers in Colorado will need to pass the PLACE English exam in order to fulfill the state's licensing requirements for subject-specific teaching certification. This chapter can get you ready for test questions measuring your familiarity with the elements of effective communication.

Language and speaking styles, the effect of vocal qualities on meaning, presentation strategies, the use of audience feedback, characteristics of effective listening, and the differences between nonverbal and verbal communication are just some of the topics addressed in the exam's oral communication content domain. There are around 100 multiple-choice questions on this standardized test.

15 Lessons in Chapter 31: PLACE English: Effective Communication & Types of Speech
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Speech Organization: Importance to Speaker & Audience

1. Speech Organization: Importance to Speaker & Audience

In speech writing, it is important to keep the information organized, which demonstrates credibility and makes the speech easier to comprehend. It starts with the main idea, the speech body and a compelling conclusion.

Supporting Ideas of a Speech: Development, Selection and Characteristics

2. Supporting Ideas of a Speech: Development, Selection and Characteristics

When used appropriately, supporting ideas will help strengthen your speech and persuade your audience by giving it the depth needed to add clarity and credibility to your claims.

Persuasive Speaking: Purpose and Types

3. Persuasive Speaking: Purpose and Types

Persuasive writing is all about influencing people by using credibility, logic and emotion; and this can be achieved in a few ways. The speaker may want to assert a fact, a value or even a policy.

Informative Speaking: Purpose and Types

4. Informative Speaking: Purpose and Types

Informative speeches are written to inform your audience about a topic. There are several classifications that can be used depending on the purpose of your speech.

Using Vivid Language in Public Speaking

5. Using Vivid Language in Public Speaking

A speech should not bore the audience. To captivate your audience and command their attention, the use of vivid language is necessary. This includes using clarity, rhythm and vividness to get your audience to pay attention to your speech.

Inclusive Language in Public Speaking: Respecting Diversity

6. Inclusive Language in Public Speaking: Respecting Diversity

Speechwriters must consider diversity when writing their speeches. A way to avoid offending people is to use inclusive language, or language that the audience is familiar with and understands.

Literal Language: Definition & Examples

7. Literal Language: Definition & Examples

Do you sometimes feel like nobody understands you? Well, perhaps you should try using more literal language! Learn more about this form of straightforward expression in this lesson, where you'll also find some literal language in action.

Sensory Language: Definition & Examples

8. Sensory Language: Definition & Examples

This lesson assists you in identifying and understanding the components of sensory writing found in literature. Learn more about sensory writing and test your understanding with a short quiz.

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

9. 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.

Adapting to Your Audience During and After Your Speech

10. 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.

Using Vocal Qualities to Convey Meaning in Public Speaking

11. 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.

Considering Pronunciation, Articulation, and Dialect in Public Speaking

12. Considering Pronunciation, Articulation, and Dialect in Public Speaking

The speaker's culture and habits often have much to do with the vocal traits of a speech. Thus, punctuation, articulation and dialect are three very personal aspects of speech delivery.

The Role of Nonverbal Communication During Speech Delivery

13. The Role of Nonverbal Communication During Speech Delivery

When delivering a speech, your body movements tell almost as much about your message as your actual speech. Eye contact, body orientation, posture, facial expressions and gestures play into how your audience perceives your message.

The Critical Thinking Process: Point-of-View, Assumptions, Evidence & Conclusions

14. The Critical Thinking Process: Point-of-View, Assumptions, Evidence & Conclusions

In this lesson, you'll learn the steps involved in the critical thinking process. You'll consider how coming to a conclusion effectively involves multiple questions that get you thinking about a topic in a new way.

Critical Listening & Thinking: Evaluating Others' Speeches

15. 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.

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