ERIC Number: ED344272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-11
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The Comprehensive Speech Communication Laboratory: We Have Ways of Making You Talk.
Grice, George L.; Cronin, Michael W.
Increasingly, business and education professionals recognize the centrality of oral communication in everyday activities, and such a competency is best developed through repeated instruction and application. However, few colleges or universities have implemented speech communication laboratories, and where they do exist, they are often constrained due to limited personnel and budgetary resources. Furthermore, there is little published information about speech communication laboratories. Radford University (Virginia) has implemented a comprehensive communication laboratory, administered through the Oral Communication Program (OCP), as part of its oral communication across the curriculum emphasis. Comprehensive oral communications labs, including those at Radford and at the University of Rhode Island, meet five criteria for comprehensiveness: they are open free to all students; they serve all university constituencies; they offer several types of instruction; they offer a wide range of instruction; and they use a wide range of instructional material. Peer tutors are employed who have completed an extensive training course for university credit. As research has confirmed, both tutors and tutees benefit from this kind of program, suggesting that peer tutoring is an appropriate pedagogy for communication competence training. By combining the use of computerized interactive video instruction and peer tutoring, Radford's OCP Laboratory is able to offer quality, convenience, and cost-effective oral communication instruction, practice, and evaluation for students throughout the university. (Thirty-three references are attached.) (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication across the Curriculum; Radford University VA; Speech Communication Education; University of Rhode Island
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern States Communication Association (62nd, San Antonio, TX, April 9-12, 1992).