Week 6 – Turn your attention to your final assignment

Workbook Activity 1: Consider the requirements for Assessment Item 2 and map the project out using PAIBOC. While PAIBOC seemed simple in theory, especially after watching the overview video provided (Ames, personal communication, April 20, 2016), I found it quite difficult to actually sit down and map out Assessment Item 2 against it. The topic I... Continue Reading →


Week 5 – Read the Course Resource Online

Workbook Activity 3: Read and then reflect on the key points of the Course Resource Online.  The Heritage and Clayman (2010) reading we were assigned this week was full of useful tips and tricks to help increase the potential effectiveness of a political speech. As I read through the chapter, a lot of the techniques... Continue Reading →

Week 5 – Consider institutional talk in detail

Workbook Activity 2: Compare a news interview with an entertainment-oriented interview. According to Ames (2018, p. 3), a news interview is institutional talk which is conducted by a professional journalist or host in a public forum, and therefore, designed to be heard by an audience. Entertainment-orientated interviews often follow the same formula, however, the interviewer... Continue Reading →

Week 5 – Notice talk

Workbook Activity 1: Notice and describe your own talk.  I felt a bit silly ‘noticing’ my own talk this week. After all, talking is something I do naturally, subconsciously, so having to pay attention to what I said was actually quite challenging. What I found is that how I greet people depends on the relationship I... Continue Reading →

Week 4 – Write a film review

Workbook Activity 3: Write a film review of either In a World (2013) or The King’s Speech with the future voice-over artist in mind.  The film I chose to review for this week’s activity was The King’s Speech (Canning, Sherman, & Unwin, 2010). Although the movie is largely fictitious, it is based on the true story... Continue Reading →

Week 4 – Reflect upon your new recording

Workbook Activity 2: Write a short reflection on the differences between your old recording and your new recording.  Upon reflecting on my new recording (Battersby, 2018) of the news script (Ames, 2018) we were given in Week 1, I noticed quite a number of differences. The major difference was my voice itself: it no longer... Continue Reading →

Week 3 – Review an argument

Workbook Activity 3: Watch "In Defense of Rhetoric" and write a short review highlighting the key arguments.  I found Clemson University’s (2011) video “In Defense [sic] of Rhetoric” a bit ironic. The purpose of the video is to use rhetoric to persuade viewers of the benefits of rhetoric. Yet, the strength of the video’s (Clemson... Continue Reading →

Week 3 – Consider your own use of rhetoric

Workbook Activity 2: Reflect on an example of argument in your own life, one in which you were successful in persuading someone else of something. https://soundcloud.com/taylor-battersby/persuasive-argument-example References Aristotle. (350 B.C.E.) Rhetoric. Rhys Roberts, W. (Trans). Retrieved from http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/rhetoric.mb.txt Battersby, T. (2018, March 15). Persuasive argument example [Audio file]. COMM12033 Speech and Script. Retrieved from https://soundcloud.com/taylor-battersby


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