ERIC Number: ED207101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Developing an Introductory Speech Course Based on Student and Community Needs.
Klopf, Donald W.; Cambra, Ronald E.
The communication habits of Americans have been studied by many researchers and the results of their studies support the general conclusions that the average adult spends a large portion of his or her waking hours in oral communication activities. Since communication plays such a large role in the average student's life, communicating effectively ought to pay off in better classroom performance and higher grades--but being an effective communicator also should bring an even bigger pay-off in the student's career. The basic speech course at the University of Hawaii is based on an understanding of what the occupational environment demands in terms of employee speaking skills. The course teaches four sets of skills that are critical to effective oral communication: interpersonal skills, interviewing skills, discussion skills, and public speaking skills. The course takes students through a series of oral performances, beginning with the least fear arousing, an interview, and ending with the most fear arousing, public speaking performances, covering group discussions along the way. This practical approach does not negate or play down the important role speech plays in the family or in the social setting, rather the approach attends to the skills immediately useful in the classroom and later in job performance. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Communication Association of the Pacific--Japan Conference. (Nagasaki, Japan, June 20-21, 1981).