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Ana De La Serna

Teaching Assistant


Office: 240 Grehan

Phone: 859-257-4651

Email: ana.delaserna [at] uky.edu

Personal Website: http://comm.uky.edu/delaserna

Specialties
Intercultural and Health Communication

Bio
Ana X. de la Serna is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication. Her research is invested in the intersection between intercultural and health communication. She is particularly interested in how acculturating individuals negotiate their identities as well as how acculturation and enculturation influence individuals' health decisions.


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Courses Taught

This writing intensive course examines basic verbal and nonverbal concepts affecting the communication process between individuals in various interpersonal contexts. Course also requires participation in written and oral activities designed to develop and improve interpersonal skills. Topics may include: perspective-taking, relationship and conversation management, effective listening, conflict management, communication climate, communication anxiety, and cultural/gender differences in interpersonal communicatiion.
To participate effectively in the 21st century, students must be adept at both communicating their ideas effectively to different audiences in a variety of formats and contexts, as well as evaluating the messages sent by others. This integrated composition and communication course is the first in a sequence of two courses that focus on developing student's abilities to communicate ideas effectively using written, oral, visual, and electronic forms. As such, students will compose and present messages targeted toward different audiences, as well as evaluate the quality of the messages shared by others. Over the course of the semester, students can expect to work independently, with a partner, or with a small group of classmates to prepare messages, as well as to practice and evaluate interpersonal and team dynamics in action.
Composition and Communication II is the second of two general education courses focused on integrated oral, written, and visual communication skill development emphasizing critical inquiry and research. In this course, students will explore issues of public concern using rhetorical analysis, engage in deliberation over those issues, and ultimately propose solutions based on well-developed arguments. Students will sharpen their ability to conduct research; compose and communicate in written, oral, and visual modalities; and work effectively in groups (dyads and small groups). A significant component of the class will consist of learning to use visual and digital resources, first to enhance written and oral presentations and later to communicate mass mediated messages to various public audiences. Over the course of the semester, class members can expect to work independently, with a partner, and in a small group (team) to investigate, share findings, and compose and deliver presentations, as well as to practice and evaluate interpersonal and team dynamics in actions.
This course examines intercultural and co-cultural divides using a skills-based approach. Students will be exposed to cultural communication situations and will apply skills using lecture, discussion, and various media (e.g., news, radio, film, blogs), equipping them with more effective skills for communicating with other groups, communities, and cultures.