ERIC Number: ED246497
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Stand Up and Write: Completing the Freshman Communications Course.
Goldstein, Richard M.; Nelson, Charles W.
Members of the English and speech faculty at Michigan Technological University combined and coordinated their ideas to find a way to introduce the basics of oral communication into the composition course. The course itself is structured according to the quarter system, in which basic composition is taught in the first term, research methods and persuasive writing in the second, and theme papers in the third. Oral reports are placed in the fourth quarter. Each class was divided into six groups, each of which would investigate and report on print, film, radio, television, records, or advertising. Students outlined proposals and the form their reports would take, since a class-long oral report on the mass media was required. Among the activities students engaged in to prepare for their presentations were writing papers analyzing various aspects of media presentation, interviewing media specialists, engaging in self-criticism, and evaluating peers. Based on student response, the course seemed successful in aiding engineering students to express thoughts clearly and coherently in oral presentations and interviews and to think quickly in public situations, both of which are rapidly becoming important to technical graduates. (CRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Freshman Composition
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Chicago, IL, April 12-14, 1984).