ERIC Number: ED264634
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Non-Native Speakers of English in the Basic Speech Course.
Schliessmann, Michael R.
As a result of an influx of foreign students, and an assessment of student attitudes toward communicating with foreign students, a survey of foreign students at South Dakota State University was conducted to determine their needs in and problems with the basic speech course. Sixty-six surveys were returned. The results indicated that by far the majority of all students who normally take the basic course are in the lecture-lab format. The university does offer conventional sections in the summer, however, and foreign students flock to those sessions. The content of these two formats is the same, but foreign students indicated a preference for the conventional sections, possibly because this format is more conducive to interpersonal relationships, or because the students can choose the instructor. Few foreign students indicated that they felt different or at a disadvantage because of language deficiencies. Their complaints about the course echoed those of their American counterparts: the course is hard but fair. Based on these responses, the program will undergo little immediate change. (Copies of the foreign student survey and a survey of American students' attitudes toward communicating with foreign students are appended.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (71st, Denver, CO, November 7-10, 1985).