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Speaking IV Final Presentation Schedule

18 Jun

Hi Everyone. I’m very sorry I had to cancel class today. I promise to feel much better by next week when final presentations begin. Please look at the presentation schedule here:  Speaking IV Final Presentation Schedule . I never received a message from some of you, so I went ahead and paired you randomly. If there is an error with the schedule, please SMS or Facebook me and I will fix it right away.

If you have time, please also take my survey here:

Any feedback will help the future volunteers to improve this class and make UMS students the best speakers they can be.


Speaking IV: Mock Trial

28 May

Mock Trial can be quite complicated, so to best prepare for next week’s role play, here are some materials to help you.

  • This handout leads you through the basic process, step by step, of a mock trial.
  • This PDF lists the basic roles of a mock trial.  [The Bailiff calls witnesses to the stand, he/she also accepts evidence, and is responsible for safety and security.]

Finally, this is the case we will be enacting next week.

The judge should practice reading aloud the directions. The witnesses should be familiar with their statements. The lawyers should meet with the witnesses to prepare questions they will ask. They should also read about the different objections. Everybody should be familiar with the facts of the case and the rules of law.

Click here for a list of your roles: Speaking IV Mock Trial Roles. Remember if you have questions you can always email or sms me. Good luck! I’ll see you in court 😉

Speaking IV: Interviews

8 May

Next Week’s Assignment: Speaking IV Job Interview Directions

Interviewing is a great skill to have to practice communication. Open, clear communication is important for both qualitative research and teaching.

Role of Interviewer:

  • Ask questions. Challenge them, but don’t scare them
  • React. Ask follow up questions and go with the flow
  • Limit closed ended questions, use open ended questions
    • “Do you agree?” “Yes” = Closed ended question
    • “How do you feel about…?” = Open ended question
  • Great interviewers are great listeners

Role of Interviewee:

  • Prepare an idea, but don’t memorize. Speak naturally
  • Use gestures and body language to interest your interviewer and audience
  • Be conversational and relaxed, but keep your answers focused

4 Principles:

1. Prepare carefully, familiarize yourself with the interviewee

2. Establish a good relationship with the interviewee

3. Ask questions that are relevant and will make the interviewee want to talk

4. Listen and respond. Pay attention to what your interviewee has to say


Remember: Body language can be just as important as verbal language. Look at your interviewee. Does s/he look uncomfortable? Sad? Nervous? Angry? Confident? Adapt the interview accordingly.

Speaking IV Midterm Grades

24 Apr

Attention Speaking IV Students:

Below is a spreadsheet with your grades for the persuasive speaking assignment, individual UTS grade and group UTS grade. Remember the individual grade is 80% and group grade is 20% of your final mid-semester grade respectively.

If your student number does not appear on the list, please email me at and I will send you an email about your grades.

If you have questions or complaints, you may also email me.

Good luck with your other exams!

Speaking IV Midterm Grades

Speaking IV Notes: Advertising Tools and Tricks

24 Apr

Charts and Graphs: Pictorial evidence to influence the shopper


Company A’s sales increased, rose, soared, surged [more extreme], rocketed [most extreme], etc.

Company B’s sales decreased, fell, dropped, plummeted [extreme], etc.

Company C’s sales stayed flat, remained constant, held steady, etc.


Company A’s sales sped up while Company B’s sales slowed down.


Company B has the highest consumer satisfaction rating, while Company C has the lowest consumer satisfaction rating.

*Note: These are generic graphs. Always be sure to label the x-axis, y-axis, and data, as well as the units of the data.

Slogans:  A short memorable phrase used in advertising

  • I’m lovin’ it. [McDonald’s]
  • Live, love, laugh [Blackberry]
  • Drivers wanted [Volkswagen]


Logos: A symbol or small design used to identify a product



Surveys and Studies: Positive results are used to help sell the product

  • Examples: 4 out of 5 dentists prefer Colgate toothpaste.

              9 out of 10 moms choose Dove’s body wash



Before and After: Used to show the effectiveness of the product




“Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back!”

Speaking IV Midterm Exam

14 Apr

Task: Create a TV News Program

Date: Monday, April 16 2012

Time: No preparation is needed before class. 20-25 minutes to prepare. Each group should speak for at least 5 minutes.

Rules: A small script is allowed, but reading is not allowed. If you read your notes, I will ask to take those notes away. Also, all group members must speak equally.

Groups: 3-4 people. I will choose randomly who will present first, second, etc.

Part 1: On the day of the exam, I will give each group 2 news headlines. Your group will be responsible for giving news reports based on the headlines. If you are unfamiliar with the news story, then you may make up your own facts. This will test your informational speaking abilities. You should present only facts, not opinions. Remember to organize your news with an introduction, middle, and conclusion. Transition words should also be included.

Part 2: On the day of the exam, I will also give each group 1 product. Your group will be responsible for creating a short commercial to promote that product. This will test your persuasive speaking abilities. You should use different kinds of appeals to get the audience to buy your product.

Order: The news program should be organized like this:

  1. News Report #1
  2. Commercial Break
  3. News Report #2


20%: Group Performance Grade (based on the overall success of the performance, focused mainly on content, organization, etc.)

80%: Personal Speaking Ability (content, fluency, expression, grammar, etc.)


**I apologize for posting this so late. If you have any concerns or questions, please SMS me.

Speaking IV Notes: Persuasive Speaking

3 Apr

Persuasive Speaking Graded Assignment: Promoting a Product

Speaking IV Persuasive Speaking 


Persuasive speaking leads the audience make a choice or form an opinion.

Informational Speaking only teaches, telling about all the choices and opinions. Persuasive speaking directs the audience to a certain choice or opinion.

3 Kinds of Persuasion:

-Questions of Fact (True or False)

  • Example: Global warming will destroy the earth.

-Questions of Value (Good or Bad)

  • Example: Riding your bicycle is better for the environment than driving.

-Questions of Policy (Laws; Rules)

  • Example: The government should fine companies who emit fossil fuels.

Goal: By the end, you want the audience to agree with you or believe you.

  • Call to Action (“Go vote for me today!”)
  • Passive Agreement

Methods of Persuasion– How do you change audience opinion?

  1. Pathos- Emotional Appeal
  2. Logos- Rational Appeal (2+2=4)
  3. Ethos- Credibility Appeal
    • Supporting Materials- Examples, Statistics, Testimonials
    • BEWARE of Leaps in Logic (Generalizations, Stereotypes, etc.)

Format– How do you organize your persuasive speech?

  • Problem
  • Cause
  • Solution (s)


  1. Attention
  2. Need (Problem)
  3. Satisfaction (Solutions)
  4. Visualization (The Plan)
  5. Action (Motivational Closing)

(Called Monroe’s Motivated Sequence)