In-class activity for interpersonal comm: gender differences

Before discussing patterns of differences in male and female communication, I like to start by having the students break into small groups and make a list of games typically played by a group of little boys and games played by a group of little girls. After combining the lists, ask the students what type of communication you are likely to see in the boys’ games versus the girls’ games. This is a nice lead-off to a discussion of how these same patterns tend to hold in adult communication patterns.

Julia T. Wood has a list of specific differences in her textbook.

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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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