ERIC Number: ED197406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Speech Communication in College Content Courses.
Erlich, Howard S.
A study was conducted to test a method of instruction designed to incorporate communication and reasoning skills into the regular content of liberal arts courses. Eleven instructors teaching in nine liberal arts disciplines were trained in the areas of reading and study skills, writing, speaking and listening, and reasoning. Instructors were expected to integrate these skills into their content area courses. An examination of how the project faculty integrated speaking and listening into their courses indicated that speaking objectives largely mirrored those of writing, asking for a clear sense of idea and purpose and expecting effective use of evidence. Examples of assignments included relatively informal early speaking assignments, formal speaking assignments ranging from informative to persuasive speeches, and debates. Listening objectives were frequently inherent in the speaking objectives. Exercises designed to develop language and reasoning activities included vocabulary development activities. One of the strategies for teaching reasoning included analyzing the parts of an argument. (The appendix includes critical thinking exercises used by project members.) (MKM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting 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).