ERIC Number: ED277056
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Ethics of Western Rhetoric as a Basis for Teaching Foreign Students.
Schliessmann, Michael R.
An increase in foreign student enrollment and subsequent questioning of traditional concepts of western rhetorical practice, particularly freedom of speech, resulted in an evaluation of current teaching practices in South Dakota State University's basic speech communication course. In a summer session course, 36 international students responded to a survey asking them to describe the best imagined speaker. The majority of respondents focused on traditional delivery mechanisms, but made little mention of free speech values. In the basic speech course, appreciation for freedom of speech is fostered through discussion of controversial issues. However, many foreign students come from countries where free speech is not a political right and where many feel it is improper to criticize their government. When students in the summer course were asked to prepare speeches detailing a harm in an existing policy system, only two students dealt with issues directly associated with their countries. Furthermore, some students indicated privately that they feared being reported to their government by their colleagues. Since the students were not forced to address problems in their own countries, an ethical dilemma was averted. Still it was clear that the concept of free speech should be discussed explicitly in such courses. (SRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (72nd, Chicago, IL, November 13-16, 1986).