Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Department of
COM 212-06L – Interpersonal Communication – Spring Semester 2008
Instructor: Irwin Mallin
Response Paper 1
Evaluation of Interpersonal Communication Competence
Due at the start of class on Thursday, February 21
BEFORE YOU WRITE THE PAPER
On the top of page 39 of your textbook, your author offers six bullet-pointed items. Consider the middle four of these:
• Describe situations in which you don’t feel as competent as you’d like to be
• How well do you adapt your communication to different goals, situations and people?
• How consistently and effectively do you engage in dual perspective when interacting with others? How can you tell when you really understand another’s point of view?
• How well do you monitor your communication so that you gauge how you come across to others?
Now reflect on your activity as a communicator in face-to-face
interaction. Think of particular events when you were (a) very
satisfied and (b) very dissatisfied
with your performance.
Write an essay in which you respond to these four bullet-pointed items. What do you see as your current strengths? Your weaknesses? Do these strengths and weaknesses vary with particular situations? Use specific examples as you are comfortable doing so.
The best papers will analyze just one or two
specific instances of communication in some depth
your evaluations of competency with specific examples of what you said
how you said it. Think of a few specific examples of your face-to-face
with similar types of people (e.g., conversations with friends or
with family or conversations with intimate partners, etc.). Think about
you said and what you did, how you reacted, how you wish you would have
what you wanted to say, your goals, your command of the situation, etc.
will not lead to good papers. Support any assertion you make with a
example from your interaction. When I read the paper I should be able
"see" the communication interaction to which you're
referring. Try to remember exactly
what people said and did as best you can.
The best papers will have reasonably detailed analysis, display
creativity, insight, and be logically organized. Of course,
they’ll also be grammatically correct and free of spelling and
The essay should be between three and five pages in length. It should be typed (double spaced, margins of 1" all around, font no larger than 12). It should also be stapled. Be sure and keep a copy of your paper.
Organize the paper into
the following sections, using the following section headings:
|Introduction||(includes attention-getter, thesis statement and preview)|
|I. Problematic Situations
III. Dual Perspective
|(each of these four sections should include the argument you make in response to the question, backed up by one or more interactions)|
|Conclusion||(includes summary and review and ends gracefully)|
Hints for success for this paper:
•Make sure you do everything called for in these directions.
•You have four weeks so start now, take your time, and use the services of the Writing Center in Kettler G19 if you need to.
•You are invited to show me a draft or discuss potential paper topics in office hours or by appointment.
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