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ERIC Number: ED168101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Are We Preparing Teachers to Teach Communication Skills?
Rutherford, Lewis
Although English teachers must spend 40 to 60% of their teaching time in developing the listening, composition, reading, and speech skills of their students, most college English programs allow only 8% of the professional course time for teacher preparation in these skill areas. Even in those colleges that offer a language arts major, the majority of course requirements are in literature. To provide prospective teachers with a central view of language, the communication arts courses must be brought together under the supervision of one department, and a new kind of major in communication arts must be devised. This major would include the following required courses: English courses in the rhetoric of oral and written composition, the understanding of language structure, and the understanding of literary genre; speech courses that focus on the oral interpretation of literature, listening debate and discussion, acting, and directing; developmental and remedial reading courses; a course on the psychological foundation of reading; and an introduction to journalism. (MAI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Association (Biloxi, Mississippi, April 11-14, 1979)