ERIC Number: ED221887
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Speak and Write: Write and Speak. The Value of a Combined Approach to Communication Skills.
Writing and speaking are so closely integrated that educators can no longer continue to isolate them for separate study. Students can benefit from the teaching of writing and speaking simultaneously in that they learn to develop personal expression in more than one medium and gain a sense of immediate feedback. By recognizing that meaning implies the total context of the speaker, message, audience, and nonverbal factors, students are able to clarify their written communication, knowing that they must point out the pattern of their thoughts to their readers. While teachers demand that technical writing students consider the background and knowledge of their audience to connect with that audience, they give students few specific instructions on how to accomplish this. The audience in a speech class can give these students the feedback that allows them to design their material for a particular situation. For a class of remedial students, speaking the writing assignment aloud can become a major break-through in improving writing skills. While this combined approach will not work in all kinds of teaching situations, such as in larger classes or with excellent writers who are poor speakers, communication in the 1980s will require that the speaker's voice be put back into writing. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Audience Awareness
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Northwest Regional Conference on English in the Two-Year College (Salem, OR, October 14-16, 1982).