Let's Communicate

An Illustrated Guide to Human Communication

Douglas M. Fraleigh | Joseph S. Tuman | Katherine L. Adams | Peter Arkle

  • The illustrations throughout Let’s Communicate aren’t just there for decoration; they are fun and engaging pedagogical tools that instructors will love assigning and students will love exploring. Take a look at which illustrations are the authors’ favorites and why.

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Human Communication

    From Doug: "This illustration extends the concept that communication is not just common sense (it's a skill that students need to build) by showing a new example. It also extends the text by showing this principle in a mediated context. Students will be familiar with this channel (texting), and likely also with the scenario."

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    Chapter 7: Mass and Mediated Communication

    From Joe: "This is a powerful and dramatic example using Trayvon Martin and real frames to illustrate the concept of media framing. It's perfect for a discussion in class-since most if not all students will be familiar with the example and/or will have an opinion."

    Figure 7-13

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    Chapter 9: Practices for Effective Interpersonal Relationships

    From Kathy: "This illustration helps to show that each type of relationship faces its own set of relational maintenance challenges. This illustration helps the student by visually comparing and contrasting strategies of a workplace romantic couple. It shows them maintaining their relationship at home, and then doing so at work-making clear that each context requires different maintenance behaviors."

    Figure 9-7

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    Chapter 10: Principles of Group Communication

    From Kathy: "This illustration extends the text discussion of group development by presenting in real time a calendar of events a group might experience. The visuals help students actually "see" how time in a group is broken up into turning points in their work. This is accomplished in multiple visuals: the calendar days with activities, and the boldface wording that demarcates the turning points. This visually shows the two phases of Gersick's Two-Phase Model." 

    Figure 10-15

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    Chapter 13: Speech Content: Research, Supporting Materials, and Ethics:

    From Doug:  "This visual analogy of an Indian Jones-like train car going over the cliff 
    shows the dangers of internet research. Signs on the track provide visual, 
    concise statements of many of the problems with internet research.Instructors could use this image to teach about the downsides of Internet research."

    Figure 10-13

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    Chapter 15: Delivering Your Speech

    From Joe: "I love the simplicity of this. In this illustration showing proxemics, three panels clearly demonstrate why too close and too far away are not adequate-and how speaking at a reasonable distance works. Showing this contrast makes it memorable."

    Figure 15-18

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