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Georgetown University Professor of Linguistics, Deborah Tannen, has been a leading researcher and author on the issue of gender and communication. In this second discussion forum for the week, you will learn more about this fascinating theory and distinguish between styles of communication exhibited by males and females.

Watch the video, Genderlect Theory by Deborah Tannen (Links to an external site.). In addition, read Genderlect (Links to an external site.) from Changing Minds and chapters from The Interpersonal Communication Book that might be beneficial.

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Initial Post: Prepare a 300-word minimum reply that sufficiently addresses each of the items below. Don’t forget that it is critical to cite your sources of information, including the textbook, using APA formatting.

  • Describe the concept of “Genderlect” and describe the impact of gender on communication.
  • Provide examples of various communication methods (e.g., verbal, non-verbal, message types, etc.) that are evident in the video clip, and describe how they differ between males and females.
  • What are some effective ways of communicating when differences in conversational patterns are present?

The initial reply is due no later than Day 3 (Thursday) of the learning week, and at least two substantive replies of at least 100 words to two different peers will be due no later than Day 7 (Monday) of the learning week.

Guided Response: Consider ways in which you might like to interact with your peers. For instance, how can you support your peers’ understanding of Genderlect” by sharing your own insights from personal or professional experience? Please be courteous and adhere to the rules of respectful engagement throughout your replies.

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