Oral vs. Written Communication Essay

1400 Words Apr 4th, 2006 6 Pages
In our English class we had to tell an embarrassing story orally to the entire class. We then made transcripts of our oral story and wrote a descriptive version. Both versions were significantly different from each other in many ways. Our study is on the differences between oral and written communication. When we are speaking and writing to people, content, style, structure and process are all key factors that determine our delivery.
My oral introduction was short while my written introduction set the scene with details to introduce my story more formally and substantially. In my oral story I began with where I was and what time it was. In my written version I clearly introduced what time it was, where I was, how I was feeling,
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The oral version of the story ended abruptly while the written story concluded with everything that happened after the event. My oral story ended right after I got up from the grass while my written version ends later in the night when I decided to fall asleep. The written version contains more details about my condition and state of mind. I expanded the written version because I was able to close my eyes and recall the experience as it happened. I was then able to spend time describing details of my feelings and thoughts without regard for class time or audience reaction—I simply let my thoughts run their course in an attempt to fully re-create the experience. This is noteworthy, because both of these stories are told in suitable ways. The oral version was told in a quicker manner—a spare style more appropriate for conversation.
Style and structure differs during oral and written communication. The oral and written versions both flow in the same direction without repetition. In the oral version the story flows in one direction—what exactly happened. There is not much focus on detail and the story never re-tells details. I could tell by the look on people's faces that they were interested in what happened, and I treat the attention of an audience as a gift, not to be taken for granted. There is something

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