During Module 3, we discuss various forms of verbal and non-verbal communication. These forms of communication often work together to convey meaning. Watch Season 4 Episode 2 of “Everybody Loves Raymond”: “The Can Opener”. The episode is available for free at Dailymotion:
Select two scenes from the episode and discuss the following:
1. What are the specific ways the characters convey meaning through BOTH verbal and non-verbal communication? Think about tone, volume, body movements, etc.
2. Why are certain components of the ways the characters communicate in the scene humorous?
3. What are some examples of code-switching in the selected scenes?
4. What are some of the cultural norms and/or biases expressed in these scenes?
Your paper should be well-structured and present a well-supported argument. What does that look like?
• An introductory paragraph which lays out a “road-map” for your paper.
• Well-formed paragraphs of substance which collect your thoughts into general groups.
• Transition sentences between different thoughts and arguments, and
• A conclusion which summarizes the paper.
These questions require thought and engagement with the material; none of these are easy, one-sentence answers. Think outside your own perspective and remember some of tools you have already learned for understanding other groups and cultures, as well as taking a more unbiased approach to your own culture.
Avoid making assumptions about a group, and be explicit about how you thoughtfully consider the topics at hand. Your paper should be well-structured and present a well-supported argument. What does that look like?
An introductory paragraph, well-formed paragraphs of substance which collect your thoughts into general groups, transition sentences between different thoughts and arguments, and a conclusion which summarizes the paper.
These questions require thought and research; none of these are easy, one-sentence answers. If you use a particular method or concept to explain your responses, use that new terminology in your paper.
Proofread your paper, check your grammar and spelling, and use appropriate punctuation. The expectation is for a final product is wellformed college-level writing assignment.
If you cite sources, you need to have a bibliography (which also does not contribute to your total page count). I encourage you, at minimum, to reference the textbook chapter on language and communication.