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Public speaking is taught in Australian universities to local students and to students from Asian countries studying in this country. The advice given to students about public speaking follows in American or Australian texts, which are generally similar in approach. However, the way of speaking advocated takes little account of a multicultural audience and an implicit assumption appears to be that there is but one way of communicating in public - that given to us by a rhetoricians in Greece and Rome who set the "rules" for public speaking centred around Logos (or Reason), Ethos (or Good Character) and Pathos (the evocation of feelings of pity or sympathetic sadness; a play on emotions). However, students of intercultural communication can find that scholars such as Gudykunst and Kim (1992) suggest that the rhetorical tradition of Europe and North American reflects not a universal communication style but rather the cultural patterns of logical, rational and analytic thinking favoured in those countries.

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