Students rarely question the relevance of most communication courses. For example, most students realize that courses focused on improving public speaking and interpersonal skills will benefit them personally and professionally after graduation. Convincing them that a rhetorical theory and criticism course is equally empowering can be a bit more challenging. This essay explores one approach for teaching rhetorical theory and criticism as uniquely relevant in the educational experience of communication students. By applying various rhetorical perspectives to artifacts that resonate with students’ actual lived experiences, students become empowered advocates for positive change.
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Sellnow, D. D. (2019). Try it, you might like it: On teaching rhetorical theory and criticism. Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2, 48-52. https://doi.org/10.31446/JCP.2019.11