In-class activity for language
After reviewing elements of “powerless” speech (that is, speech techniques that can hurt credibility), I ask the students to break into small groups and write a horrible sentence. They should try to work in as many examples of powerless speech as they can.
When they finish, they read their examples to the class. I then collect the examples and put a couple of the sentences together and include it as a short answer question on the test — “Identify at least five types of powerless speech from the following example.”