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CTC What if We Eliminated One of The Worlds Oldest Diseases Discussion

Read Chapters 10, 11, and 12 in the textbook. Use these hints to help you get the most out of your time.

  • Build vocabulary by focusing on bolded words in the text.
  • Focus reading and studying by paying attention to section headings in each chapter.
  1. Review required videos and articles:
  2. Complete Discussion Board 3 located below.
  3. One way to enhance public speaking skills is to watch and learn from skilled speakers. This week you’ll watch and critique a speech. 

View the Speech

TED Talks are great examples of credible speakers highlighting important topics to large groups of people.

View the speech entitled “What if we eliminated one of the world’s oldest diseases?

Complete the Discussion Board Critique

Now that you’ve viewed the speech, you’ll critique the content, organization, and visual aids used in the speech by answering the questions in a discussion board post.

  1. What was the specific purpose and thesis statement of this speech? Were these sentences clearly stated by the speaker?
  2. How did you feel about the organization of the content in this speech? What organizational pattern did the speaker follow for the main points?
  3. Were the introduction and conclusion effective? Why or why not?
  4. How did the speaker use visual aids to enhance the speech? Is there any way the use of visual aids could be improved?
  5. Name at least one way the speaker could improve this speech.
  6. Note: To earn full credit for this graded discussion, post at least three times. First, post your own thoughts. This post should be substantial (containing at least 150-200 words). Next, respond to the post of two other students. Remember to follow the rules of netiquette. Be polite, professional, and thoughtful. Each response post should contain at least 50-100 words. All posts need to be in your own words. 1st Edition, 2015, University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing.


I think that the purpose of this speech is to raise awareness and possibly raise money for the ICTC to continue their work in the countries that are suffering with limited funds and need more training to help treat trachoma. This isn’t clearly stated by the speaker but as she brings up the personalized stories of the individuals she’s met along the way, along with the resources that are needed, that is the theme I get from the speech. The speaker had a strong opening statement, gave background to what she was discussing, and offered personal insight to what she has learned and experienced, she also added in the work that is being done and the goals of the organization she is with. The main points were presented in a pathos pattern of organization, with addition to the visual aids it makes the audience more compassionate to the issue of which the speaker is presenting. I thought that the speakers’ use of the visual aids worked well all around, I don’t feel as if there could have been an improvement in that area. I feel that the introduction was effective, because the speaker gives you a small sense of what the sufferer goes through when diagnosed with trachoma and it engages the listener at the beginning of the speech. If the speaker would have stated a more clear thesis or purpose to her presentation because the audience doesn’t know if she’s asking for donations, volunteers or sponsors for the organization.


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