Videoclip for language

The “Darmok” episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation has many applications when teaching language. I have shown parts of it to show the process of understanding language from context cues, and I know of other professors who use it as well.

The premise is that the crew encounters an alien race that they have trouble understanding despite their electronic translators converting the alien language into English. The trouble is not with the words, but the alien’s use of images from their history and legends rather than straightforward descriptive speech. The episode is written well so that you can understand their language by the end.

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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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