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ERIC Number: ED043318
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 8
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Methods and Trends in the Junior College Basic Speech Course.
Friar, Don
Questionnaire responses from 187 speech instructors representing 96 junior colleges in the western United States were studied to determine approaches to the basic speech course at these institutions. Such a course is required for graduation at 42 per cent of the institutions; it typically receives three semester units of credit, meets 54 hours per term, and emphasizes public speaking. Development of a general facility in basic speech techniques appears to be the fundamental course objective. Types of speech receiving the greatest emphasis are those to inform, to persuade, and to demonstrate; however, impromptu speaking and discussions are also frequently mentioned. Course requirements usually encompass seven to eight major speeches, a few quizzes, reports on speeches and lectures, and out-of-class written assignments. Most instructors prefer an informal rather than a standardized grading form, and 93 per cent report no use of the "normal curve" in grade assignment. About 60 per cent of class time is used for speech presentation, and about 20 per cent for criticism. Most instructors report current use of voice recordings for student skill development, with many indicating future plans to use videotape. Based on these and other findings of the report, it is concluded that, while similarities and diversities in approach are apparent, follow-up study is needed to spot trends, new developments, and successful innovative techniques. (JO)
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