ERIC Number: ED196090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Speech Communication Instruction in Community Colleges: Future Perspectives and Present-Day Application.
Berko, Roy M.
The rapid expansion of community college programs has at least seven implications for community college speech programs and speech instructors. (1) Since most community colleges are open-door institutions, many students are coming to these institutions ill-equipped to handle the oral and listening requirements of academic life, necessitating course work below the basic speech course offering. (2) Noncredit speech communication courses must be developed to supplement the academic offerings. (3) Programs developing particular communication skills will be needed to meet the needs of specific groups within the community. (4) Instructors should evaluate realistically the types of communication skills that their students will need in social and career settings. (5) More two-year college instructors of speech communication should be involved in community-based consulting. (6) A national effort should be undertaken to ascertain what types of speech programs should be developed at the two-year-college level. (7) Community colleges tend to be conservative in their course offerings, while the expansion of course offerings is the best way to stimulate interest in a field; so speech communication teachers need to take advantage of the trend for specific courses for special people and make that trend a much more dynamic movement. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (66th, New York, NY, November 13-16, 1980).