The World of Words
4th READING ASSIGNMENT:
Text: Interpersonal Communication: Everyday Encounters,
Julia T. Wood; Read Chapter 4, The World of Words (page 113-145)
As our text says, "Words can hurt us, sometimes very deeply." Words can also uphold, sustain, heal, and even change our life. In this chapter we will explore the nature of words and how they shape the communication experience. I hope that you will come to understand the power of the spoken word and will choose to use your words with great care. (What do you think the most powerful words in any language are? See the bottom of this learning assignment for the answer:})
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4th LEARNING QUIZ:
You will need to copy this quiz and email me your responses: firstname.lastname@example.org
|1. Symbols are:|
D. all of the above
|2. Which of the following terms is the LEAST abstract?|
A. John Tranford
B. citizen of Tyletown
|3. "Don not interrupt when others are speaking." This is an example of a a(n):|
B. Regulative rule
|4. "Paying attention when others speak is a sign of respect." This is an example of a(n):|
B. Regulative rule
|5. When we overlook many aspects of a person and define the person only by a single aspect of her or his identify, we are:|
B. Engaging in dual perspective
|6. Gay men the use the word "queer" to refer to themselves are engaging in:|
B. Reappropriation of language
C. Dual perspective
|7. "When I get out of school, I want to go to Nepal." This is an example of:|
A. Using symbols
B. Using symbols to organize
C. Engaging in hypothetical thought
D. Engaging in punctuation
|___ 8. Communication cultures are defined by geographical
|___ 9. Static evaluations focus only on what is negative
about a person.|
|___ 10. As a group, African-, Mexican-, and Asian-Americans are more oriented toward collective and family units than are European-Americans as a group.|
Watch the film Tootsie, starring Dustin Hoffman. Compare and contrast masculine
and feminine communication cultures. Your essay should identify the sources of differences
and the practical consequences of being socialized into each culture.
4th COMMUNICATION JOURNAL:
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1. Identify from our text the ways men and women communicate differently. Review Gender Speech Communities (pages 132-134). For at least one day this week, deliberately choose to change the way you communicate. What do you notice? Write about what you experience.
2. Review the section in our text called Own Your Feelings and Thoughts (page 138). With a communication experience in mind, write about your ability to communicate using "I" language when you are angry, embarrassed, scared, upset, loving, insensitive, self centered, and understanding. In what areas and ways do you believe you need improvement? Why do you believe "I" language is difficult? Is this ability affected by culture, religion, gender, family system?
4th DISCUSSION ROOM:
Each week, I will post a topic for discussion. Make sure to check in weekly and to respond at least once to the topic.
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COMMUNITY GROUP CHAT ROOM
You are responsible to engage in a chat room online experience with your community room each week. Evaluate where you are with each other by week #4. Has your communication changed any since first beginning the chat room? How so?
(Answer to question of what words are the most powerful words in any language: I love you! Did you guess right?)
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