Videoclip for teaching ethos

Videoclip for teaching ethos

The Simpsons: Season 5, episode 22

Homer is asked to teach a class on secrets of a successful marriage. Despite being very excited about the job (and buying a new jacket) he comes to class on the first day unprepared. The second day of class, he reads the wrong definition of “wedding” from the dictionary. A brief clip of these two scenes invites several questions for discussion:

  • If you were in this class, would you believe that you are going to learn a lot of interesting and useful material?
  • Why or why not?
  • Which elements of ethos is Homer failing? Competence, dynamism, trustworthiness, similarity, etc.
  • What specifically is he doing to fail them?
  • How could he improve his approach to the class?

Photo courtesy Simpsons Wiki


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I believe public speaking can go from most dreaded class to favorite class. I'm a former public speaking college instructor who spent years seeking out activities, assignments and examples to make the class interactive as well as educational -- they are collected here. I welcome suggestions for additions.

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