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Published in Communication Teacher 25:1 (January 2011), pp. 12–15; doi: 10.1080/17404622.2010.513993 Copyright © 2011 National Communication Association; published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group. Used by permission.


Communication teachers spend considerable time instructing students how to organize and deliver professional oral presentations, design effective PowerPoint slides, answer interview questions, and communicate effectively in problem-solving teams. Yet considerably less time is spent systematically teaching them the communication skill they will use most: day-to-day verbal communication. Improving verbal communication competence will contribute to students’ success across a variety of communication contexts (Worley, Worley, & Soldner, 2008). Therefore, the primary purpose of this activity is to raise students’ consciousness of their own verbal communication patterns and give them a starting point for improving their verbal skills.

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