How well do you communicate?


Culture is inseparable from communication.  Communicating in a globalizing world requires first knowing our own patterns of communicating and then critically reflecting on them.


Communication Studies emphasizes not only literacy but spoken and electronic communications as well.  A student would need to command a wide range of knowledge and skills to do well at this test.  Not only would he or she need to be an effective writer who could direct his or her style to a particular audience, the student would need to be adept at determining the audience, the appropriate medium for approaching that audience, and ways to evaluate the effects of his or her communication.  


1.  Give three factors that you can control which will slow down your response time relative to those with whom you are talking.

2.  Describe the pathway of an electronic mail message from sender to receiver.  Name the major agencies involved.

3.  How many minutes of the evening news broadcast on television are devoted to news, how many to advertising and other activities?

4.  Name three films which have pioneered significant new film technologies.

5.  Write a short letter in three formats:  1) as a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, 2) as a letter to your Congressman in Washington, 3) as a letter to a personal friend.

6.  Describe the differences between chain-and-network communication and hub-and-wheel communication.  Indicate the main advantages and disadvantages of each.

7.  You are planning an event in your community.  How would you publicize it?  Which media are the most effective in terms of getting the desired results for the time and money spent for the audience you are trying to address.

8.  What percent of the words you hear or read in a day are generated within your community?

9.  What percent of the words you speak or write in a week are generated for your community?

10.  What percent of the words you speak, write, hear, or read are in a language other than English?

11.  If you have something you want your grandchildren to know and pass on to their grandchildren, how would you communicate it to them?

12.  Describe the path of a news story from its origin to your home?

13.  Describe the path of a story you originate to its publication in a magazine.

14.  You need to find out about something from an elder.  What pattern would you use to facilitate communicatio?

15.  Identify five stages of the writing process.

16.  Trace the pathway of a book from research to reading.  Identify the major institutions or agencies involved along the way.

17.  Describe the configuration of expectations and behaviors that will allow you to present yourself best in a job interview.

18.  Give three strategies you can use to slow down someone who is speaking to you without generating a sense of hostility in the process.

19.  You are organizing a meeting of parents, teachers, and students.  Discuss five factors that you would alter to make it easier for all to listen to the point of view of the students.  Now do the same thing to make it easier for all to listen to the point of view of the teacher.  Do the same for parents.



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