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ERIC Number: ED085794
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Pages: 3
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Including a Unit in Conversation in the Introductory Speech Course.
Lampton, William E.
Those involved in speech education should restore the study of conversation to the curriculum, both in high school and college. The reasons for teaching interpersonal communication skills are that all students will have to listen to instructions, interview for jobs, and take part in decision-making meetings. Some exercises that can be used to teach interpersonal communication skills include dividing a class into four groups and letting two of the groups list the barriers to conversation they are aware of, while the other two groups list the aids to conversation they have found useful. Another exercise is to have each person write a confidential self-inventory of himself as a conversationalist, mentioning both liabilities and assets. Another session could examine special conversational situations: male-female conversations, talking with the elderly, talking with troubled people, or talking with those whose status poses a barrier. (WR)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Association (Lexington, Kentucky, March, 1973)