ENGL 314 Activities:

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Activity for Oral Presentation using TED Talks

This activity is designed to help students think critically about the different ways of delivering an oral presentation. The goal is to prepare them for their final presentations.

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Activity for Memo Assignment: Defining a “Run-down”

In this in-class activity, I use a video from the hit sit-com "The Office" to show how encountering a new genre in the workplace can be an intimidating experience. This activity engages students with genre issues in preparation for the memo assignment.

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What is Technical Communication?

A presentation and activity meant to introduce students to Technical Communication

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Understanding Audience in Technical Communication

This presentation and activity will introduce students to the concept of audience in Technical Communication

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Composing Effective Instructions

This presentation and activity will introduce students to the genre of Instructions.

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Composing Effective Technical Descriptions

This presentation and activity will introduce students to the Technical Description genre.

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Composing Effective Technical Definitions

This presentation and activity will introduce students to the genre of Technical Definitions

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Composing Effective Reports

This presentation will introduce students to the genre of Reports.

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Tech Comm “Speed Date”

This activity encourages students to develop clarity in communicating a technical process to a non-expert audience.

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Knowns and Unknowns

This is a pre-discussion activity that allows students to assert confidence about readings and also admit confusions in a safe, conversational environment.

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Common Language & Discourse Community

Students engage in a visual and oral activity that showcases the importance of common language, local idioms, cultural context, clarity in one-way communication.

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Blind Faith

This activity encourages team building and attention to the audience component of writing instructions.