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ISBN-10 020585785XISBN-13 9780205857852
ISBN-10 0205211844ISBN-13 9780205211845
Author(s): Kathleen M. German; Bruce E. Gronbeck; Douglas Ehninger; Alan H. Monroe
Publisher: Pearson
Copyright year: © 2013 Pages: 304

Balancing skills and theory, Principles of Public Speaking emphasizes responsibility, orality, Internet technology, and critical thinking as it encourages students to see public speaking as a way to build community in today's diverse world.


Within a framework that emphasizes speaker responsibility, critical thinking,¿listening, and cultural awareness, this classic text uses examples from college, workplace, politics, and social communication to make the study of public speaking relevant, contemporary, and exciting for students. This brief but comprehensive text also offers students the latest in using technology in speechmaking, featuring unique and exciting ways to blend communication and new media.



Teaching & Learning Experience

  • Personalize Learning —MySpeechLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals. With tools such as MediaShare (our video upload and commenting tool), MyOutline, and self-assessments in MyPersonalityProfile, MySpeechLab works with students and instructors to personalize the learning experience and make it more effective.¿

  • Improve Skill Development and Application— Along with the text’s overall focus on skill development and application, a special series of boxes called “Speaking of . . . Skills” focus on practical strategies for preparing and delivering effective speeches.

  • Engage Students — Multiple features throughout the text work together to engage students—everything from a shortened text with updated examples and more engaging visuals to concrete advice on overcoming anxiety in “Speaking of… Apprehension” boxes and to discussions of using contemporary technology to engage audiences.¿

  • ExploreExamples of effective public speaking: a wide variety of example speeches and outlines provide students with models to help them create dynamic and effective presentations.¿¿¿

  • Emphasize Learning Outcomes – Learning outcomes appear as part of the “Assessing Your Progress” section at the end of each chapter.¿ The authors provide key learning outcomes from each chapter in the form of a numerical summary of key points. They also include suggested assessment activities for students and provide references to materials on the Internet to help students refine and improve their skills.¿ The “Listening Workshop” at the end of Chapter 3 offers students a rubric to help focus their listening skills and to provide feedback to speakers.¿ Additionally, online tools in MySpeechLab, such as MediaShare, provide a strong assessment tool for measuring students’ mastery of your course’s learning outcomes through their speeches.¿ ¿¿

  • Understand Theory and Research – This text combines classic theory with contemporary research seamlessly.¿ With a strong grounding in the theory and a detailed discussion of Monroe’s Motivated Sequence, the two chapters on persuasion and argumentation (Chapters 13 and 14) help students learn to build and analyze arguments effectively.¿ A special section on using and evaluating web-based research (end of Chapter 6) helps students learn to be critical consumers and users of information found on the Internet.¿ Students also can access Pearson’s MySearchLab (available in MySpeechLab; access code required) where students can get extensive help on the research process as well as can access four databases of credible and reliable source material (for details, please see ).¿ MySearchLab also contains an AutoCite feature that assists students in the creation of a Works Cited document (using APA, MLA, or Chicago formats), as well as Pearson’s SourceCheck, which encourages students to accurately document and cite their sources.¿

  • Support Instructors — Strong supplements package along with activities and assessments in MySpeechLab. ClassPrep, located within MySpeechLab, contains videos, lectures, classroom activities, audio clips, and more.

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