Instructional Methods

Instructional Methods

Reading Graphic Organizers

The Reading Graphic Organizer (RGO) is a tool that builds academic reading comprehension skills, and it has been successfully used in a variety of disciplines at PLNU. The RGO page is dedicated to providing faculty with various resources related to the successful implementation and use of the RGO in their courses.

Debating Across the Curriculum

“There are few other activities in high school or college that are as important as speech and debate. Regardless of an individual’s academic or career goals, the ability to research a complex question, marshal arguments and present them in a persuasive and compelling way, are skills that will serve you well all your life.” (Hunt, 1990, p. 13)

Ten benefits to incorporating debate in the classroom (Hunt, 1997, pp. 7-10):

  1. Learn how democracies function, and how to become a better citizen and leader.
  2. Hone critical, reflective, and creative thinking capacities.
  3. Learn research methods to support advocacy.
  4. Learn a great deal about proof, logic, and reasoning.
  5. Learn much about organization and arrangement for positions.
  6. Learn about language usage and style, and rhetorical flair.
  7. Develop listening skills, which are essential for good debate.
  8. Vastly improve public speaking abilities, including the importance of nonverbal elements such as dress, vocalics, gestures, and gaze.
  9. Learn about the ethics of advocacy, arguing to the right end.
  10. Gain familiarity with current events, including both concrete facts and theories surrounding controversies.

Resources from Skip Rutledge’s Debating Across the Curriculum Workshop on November 16, 2016:


Informational Interviews and Resume Writing

Dr. Kimberly Hogelucht, who is a Professor of Business, has been teaching Informational Interview and Resume Writing here at Point Loma Nazarene University for many years, and she is a published expert in her field. Below are the handouts and examples she uses to teach her BUS 313: Administrative Communication courses.