Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 November 2019

416 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780190921033

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Practically Speaking

Third Edition

J. Dan Rothwell

  • Not Reading?: Practically Speaking addresses the challenge of students not reading in this course by the use of engaging stories and examples, sound scholarship and recent research, and useful tips and tricks. It shows students how to get started, practice thinking critically, and ultimately develop their own voices as they master public speaking skills. Its brevity, style, affordability, unique chapter on skepticism, and enhanced digital package all help students become successful in this course and in their lives.
  • Not Prepared?: Another challenge that faculty face is students not being prepared for this course (and for college in general). Practically Speaking provides a wealth of online resources, videos, presentation topic ideas, flashcards, quizzes, and summaries, all to help students who struggle in this course.
  • Too Expensive?: The third challenge faced by faculty in this course is the high cost of textbooks and resources. Because Oxford is a not-for-profit publisher in the U.S., we can provide high-quality textbooks and digital resources at the best possible prices.

New to this Edition:

  • All new print and eBook versions of the text come with free access to a full suite of engaging digital learning tools that work with the text to bring content to life.
  • Almost 200 new references--including a wealth of new studies, surveys, and statistics on a wide variety of topics--and new scholarship bring the text thoroughly up to date
  • New examples, stories, humorous anecdotes, pop culture references, and dozens of recent excerpts from student speeches capture and maintain student attention
  • New subject matter includes an in-depth discussion of free speech, a substantial section on online speaking, a segment on startling audiences as speech openers, more detail on delivering a toast, and more
  • Interesting and engaging photos show more than a typical variety of individuals merely speaking at podiums
  • Model informative and persuasive speeches, Appendices A and B, have been completely updated and significantly shortened
  • A new Appendix (C) covers group oral presentations
  • Critical thinking questions at the end of chapters help students develop their analytical skills
  • A greatly expanded and updated video program includes new Student Web speeches, YouTube videos, and TED Talks. More than 100 TED Talks and YouTube speech links at the end of chapters provide valuable opportunities for students to see high-quality, and sometimes less than commendable, speeches for illustration and analysis.

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