Web resources for interpersonal communication
The last textbook that I used in class had very little about interpersonal communication and I had an interpersonal unit planned. I found some free materials online to supplement the students’ reading assignments:
This online book has a nice overview of several topics and I like their use of examples. I used chapter 2 on verbal communication and chapter 3 on nonverbal communication. Note that there is potentially offensive language in some of the chapters.
I had a difficult time finding good information available for gender communication online but this article is a nice overview of Deborah Tannen’s work and includes several good examples.
When giving online readings as assignments, I got into the habit of copying the material into a document to link to my web site (with proper credit and a link, of course). This was because there were times that material was removed from online midway through the semester and I would have to scramble to replace it. I checked the links to the original document before each new semester and stopped using any material that had been removed. Putting the reading into a document also allows you to shorten the reading or take out any inappropriate language or examples.
Do you know any other good online resources for teaching interpersonal communication? Leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list.