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The text appropriately engages both communication theory and public speaking training by pairing technical skills (i.e. researching & constructing arguments, building an outline, using visual aids) with principles of advocacy that inform why... read more
The text appropriately engages both communication theory and public speaking training by pairing technical skills (i.e. researching & constructing arguments, building an outline, using visual aids) with principles of advocacy that inform why and how a student would/should engage with their audience(s). The author's decision to cover advocacy and audiences at the beginning of the chapter is a welcome change from other Public Speaking textbooks and each chapter builds upon previous chapters to provide a well-rounded introduction to Public Speaking.
The content in the book is accurate, error-free, and unbiased. It is easy to point students to the References by Chapter and Glossary sections at the end of the book for research and reviewing for exams.
I appreciate how the author incorporates contemporary examples from speakers and situations that would be familiar to an 18-24-age demographic (traditional college students) The lessons and/or ideas imbedded in these examples are presented openly such that they will not become outdated because the student is supplying some of the information from their own experiences.
The author uses an engaging narrative style and positive tone when presenting new concepts, making the information in each chapter accessible to students and helpful for reducing public speaking anxiety. Terminology is clear and easy to understand with multiple examples in each chapter to illustrate the content.
The book has a consistent framework and the terminology used in each chapter is scaffolded in such a way that students will be able to incorporate and apply content from a previous chapter to what they are learning in successive weeks and lessons.
The author does a good job of dividing the information into appropriate headings and sub-headings such that the student can easily take notes on the material. Each chapter begins with a set of learning objectives that are very useful in developing lesson plans and assessments. The author also makes use of text boxes to offer important notes to students without disrupting or crowding the main information in each chapter.
Each chapter in the book is well-organized internally and, as a whole, the book does an excellent job at organizing the concepts. As noted above, the decision to put advocacy and audiences in the first two chapters is an innovative way to organize a Public Speaking textbook. The one drawback, in terms of organization, is the Conclusion section of each chapter, which is too short to adequately review the material covered throughout the chapter. One suggestion I have for the author is to return to the learning objectives that were established at the beginning of the chapter and find some way to encourage students to (re)engage with those objectives.
Accessing the textbook online (or in PDF form) is easy and convenient. At times, an image will displace the text onto a separate line, breaking up the paragraph. However, this is a minor issue and both text and images are easy to read and do not have serious display issues.
The text contains no grammatical errors.
The author does a good job of making this textbook inclusive by highlighting a variety of races, ethnicities, cultural locations, backgrounds, and experiences with particular attention to how advocacy can and should work to address systemic racism and inequality. I commend the author for demonstrating that Public Speaking is not an activity that occurs in a vacuum. This textbook encourages students to understand how culture plays a crucial role in informing how and why we speak.
The textbook does an excellent job of providing inclusive, accessible, and engaging content to students. The author's commitment to examining intercultural communication and advocacy through Public Speaking is compelling, as is their ability to blend communication theory and public speaking training in a student-centered writing style. I highly encourage other instructors who are looking to teach Public Speaking from an everyday, critical-cultural approach to read this book!
This book does a nice job of covering all of the material needed in a basic Public Speaking Course. I like that it follows a traditional trajectory and adds the focus of advocacy from the very beginning. It includes traditional expectations for... read more
This book does a nice job of covering all of the material needed in a basic Public Speaking Course. I like that it follows a traditional trajectory and adds the focus of advocacy from the very beginning. It includes traditional expectations for Public Speaking along with updated demands like public speaking online. I found the writing to be accessible and clear.
The book does a solid job of covering the needed materials in Public Speaking. I especially liked how each chapter flowed easily from one to the next and built in complexity. By the time students get to Persuasive Speaking they are ready to go. I also liked that the book is clearly planted in communication studies with a strong focus on a rhetorical tradition with some fun up to date examples. Even the Toulmin Model is covered in an accessible way.
The book does a nice job covering expected content in a Public Speaking course and has updated examples to connect with students. It also provides good tools for students to improve their research skills, understand advocacy (which keeps public speaking relevant), ways to become a stronger speaker, and a focus on ethics that makes the discussion about plagiarism even more clear for students by providing real life examples.
The writing of this text is excellent for first and second year college students. The writing is accessible and friendly in tone. All terms that are used are defined clearly and excellent examples are provided to reinforce the content. Many Public Speaking text books are over written and crammed with too much information. This text gives a solid foundation that is appropriate for most Public Speaking courses and is not overwritten.
The organization, tone, and content development of this book is well thought out for each chapter and overall for the text itself. Each chapter has clear terminology and content expected for a Public Speaking Course and provides meaningful examples which make the new terms more concrete and easier to understand.
Each chapter would be an excellent module and would work well to integrate into an online Learning Management System. The order of the chapters seems well thought out as well. I would probably not change the order of the chapters, because some crucial ideas are covered early, but they could be rearranged and still make sense if desired. I sometimes have to change the order of a text because speaker apprehension is covered too late for me. This test covers speaker apprehension early, but I have supplements I would still add to that section. I do think this book provides a nice foundation for modules and still allows for instructors to add personalized content if desired without overwhelming students.
I plan on using this book in the order it is written. I really like the flow of each chapter and how the complexity increases as the semester progresses. Each chapter is set up clearly with an overview, covers the content, and provides a nice wrap up. The overall structure of the text is strong as well.
The book works well. I read the e-version. The links to external content worked well and for the most part it looked fine.
No noticeable spelling or grammar issues.
The focus on multiple voices is very important in this text. I liked the examples of real life speech topics we encounter in the classroom and sometimes may struggle with why a particular topic might not be the best. The authors do a nice job of setting up topics that look good on the face of it, but when thinking it though a bit more might not work. For instance topics that exclude members of the audience or could create another harm Getting students think about impact and shifting perspective is great!
This book does a nice job of covering required content in a Public Speaking and adds some fresh examples and modern challenges to the discussion. I have been looking for a new text and am very enthusiastic about this one!
"Speak Out, Call In" is a textbook aimed at students taking a basic public speaking or introduction to communication course. The text is very comprehensive – outlining what communication and public speaking is, including the notion of advocacy,... read more
"Speak Out, Call In" is a textbook aimed at students taking a basic public speaking or introduction to communication course. The text is very comprehensive – outlining what communication and public speaking is, including the notion of advocacy, the basics of formulating arguments, research, speaking to inform and persuade, and concepts of speech structure, presentation aids, and outlining. Some of the more unique chapters – like the one on aesthetics and art of public speaking – enhance the text’s unique ideas and arguments about the importance of learning public speaking. All of the basics needed for students to learn the basics of public speech and public speaking are in this text.
The examples, definitions, frameworks, and key ideas used in Speak Out, Call In are current, accurate, and free of bias. All of the basic public speaking and fundamentals of human communication concepts are accurately defined and presented in the text.
What makes the content of any public speaking textbook (ir)relevant are its examples and illustrations of speeches. Much of the specific examples in Speak Out, Call In are interpersonal examples that will be relevant for years to come. They are written without slang, and in a way that students this year and five years or more will recognize the context and intent of the example.
The textbook is written in clear prose and would be easy (but not too easy) for a first or second year undergraduate to read and understand. One of the most exciting thing about this text and what distinguishes it from even the non-OER texts, is that descriptions of key concepts that can be tricky to teach new students are easy to understand. The section in chapter 1 on how communication is constitutive, contextual, and culturally based is a good example of the clarity of concepts presented in the text.
The text is consistent in the way it describes communication and public speaking. Terminology and frameworks are woven throughout the chapters frequently. The chapter objectives and chapter conclusions do a nice job highlighting pieces from previous chapters to be expanded on.
Speak Out, Call In is sectioned into four parts (advocacy and audience, arguments and info, delivery, and speech specific chapters). The chapters are straightforward and a instructor could pick and choose chapters to teach from without losing major ideas.
The chapters themselves are well segmented with clear section headings and sub section headings. It’s easy to note where new material/concepts begin. Perhaps the font could be larger, but that’s a small nitpick.
The textbook flows from a introduction to public speaking and advocacy, to how to build arguments via research, to how to effectively deliver a speech, and then to the specifics of different speech types. This is the flow of most popular public speaking texts and it works for this text, too. Inside the four modules, the chapters build nicely upon each other which is helpful for students learning the material.
The interface is fine. There are no weird formatting problems with text, images, or graphs. There are some images, graphics, and tables that help highlight or convey key ideas, but the text could use more of these. And I wish OER public speaking texts could embed speech texts or videos of speeches in chapters so students aren’t just accessing a “free” text but a free text that is interactive. As I was reading this text, I kept thinking I wanted more options for engaging with the material in text.
The text contains no grammatical errors that I immediately noticed.
The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. Examples of interpersonal communication come from a variety of different speakers and cultural contexts. Examples of speeches, arguments, evidence, and ideas are culturally appropriate.
This is one of the better OER texts for public speaking that I've read. While I wish there were more images, speeches, speech texts, and graphics/tables to make the writing itself come to life, I think I'm being overly ambitious for an OER. One of the things I enjoy most and that I will be taking into my own classroom are some of Mapes' descriptions of public speaking as advocacy. I think this concept is powerful and something that students will gravitate to.
This book covers all of the basic public speaking needs. What I really appreciate is the way the book clearly situates public speaking within contexts. read more
This book covers all of the basic public speaking needs. What I really appreciate is the way the book clearly situates public speaking within contexts.
The book has no inaccuracies I could detect.
Especially in the often charged spaces where we learn and teach, the need for empathetic listening and advocacy is vital.
The examples complement rather than overwhelm the text.
The book uses consistent structure throughout chapters to decrease anxiety due to uncertainty from students.
The text is PERFECT for the online space. No more than a few scrolls per section, yet the sections contain all necessary information. Excellent economy of words.
The book's organization pattern is highly appropriate. However, even if the book does not progress through the chapters in the way expected, the wonderful think about an ebook is the professor can just assign the chapters in a different order based on their progression through the class. :)
Clean, easy to access.
Fantastic attention to cultural differences that both the speaker AND the listeners need to work to bridge.
I can't wait to adopt this text. I am thrilled that this is available!
Table of Contents
Part I. Advocacy and Audiences
- 1. Public Speaking As Advocacy
- 2. Centering Audiences
Part II. Arguments and Information
- 3. Selecting and Formulating Arguments
- 4. Researching Arguments
- 5. Crafting Arguments
- 6. Organizing and Outlining
Part III. Aesthetics and Delivery
- 7. Creating an Aesthetic Experience
- 8. Verbal Delivery
- 9. Nonverbal Delivery
- 10. Presentation Aids
- 11. Rehearsing Your Presentation
Part IV. Approaches
- 12. Informative Speaking
- 13. Persuasive Speaking
- 14. Online Public Speaking
- 15. Ceremonial Speaking
About the Book
Speak Out, Call In: Public Speaking as Advocacy is a contemporary, interdisciplinary public speaking textbook that fuses rhetoric, critical/cultural studies, and performance to offer an up-to-date resource for students. With a focus on advocacy, this textbook invites students to consider public speaking as a political, purposeful form of information-sharing.
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