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ERIC Number: ED260485
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Integrating Speech Communication and Composition in the Classroom.
Bangs, Terry L.
One way of giving students a sense of audience in their writing is to combine speech communication and written communication in the classroom. If students can be taught to write as they talk, they can perceive their audience to be real people rather than the amorphous "indefinite other" they typically write for in the traditional writing class. The advantage of teaching students to write as they are taught to speak is that writing permits the recursive process better than speaking does. A sophomore speech and writing course offered at the United States Air Force Academy (Colorado) teaches students how to use spoken language in both their speaking and writing. Each student gives five speeches during the semester, and the assignments require the students to narrate, define, inform, argue, and persuade. For four of the five assignments, the students must write an essay on the same topic as their speech. The course theme is persuasion, so each assignment emphasizes the persuasive nature of speaking and writing. The unified approach awakens the students to the power of spoken language and helps them keep foremost in their minds the primary purpose of both speech and composition--to communicate an idea to people. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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