TRANSFORMING PUBLIC SPEAKING THROUGH AN EMPHASIS ON CIVIL PUBLIC DISCOURSE
Barbara Mae Gayle, University of Portland
A PUBLIC SPEAKING COURSE ENHANCED
use speaking assignments that encourage students to see beyond their
own preconceptions, refrain from belittling others' viewpoints and
enhance their understanding of the communication strategies needed to
establish common ground. They adopt a controversial topic of importance
to a deliberative community and use 30 or more resources to construct
presentations representing the different perspectives on their topic.
Thus, student speakers thoroughly understand one topic broadly enough
to articulate an informed viewpoint.