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ERIC Number: ED309468
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Speaking Across the Curriculum: Threat, Opportunity, or Both?
Palmerton, Patricia R.
"Speaking Across the Curriculum" (SAC) has become a catch-all label for a variety of programs aimed at teaching oral communication skills to a large body of students in settings other than the typical public speaking class. Such programs offer both threats and opportunities to the speech field. In many programs, faculty in other disciplines take responsibility for teaching aspects of oral communication within their own classrooms. Thus, students are exposed to aspects of oral communication, are not as afraid of it, discover the relevance to their own interest areas, and may seek out both introductory and advanced speech communication courses. SAC courses emphasize process as opposed to product; students learn the communication conventions of their fields; feedback is explicit and specific; students explore expectations for uses of evidence; and, perhaps most importantly, communication is regarded as a mode of learning. The benefits of SAC include increased credibility and visibility for the speech discipline, the pointing out of needed research, and the challenge to examine--in light of the shift of theoretical focus from products to process--the methods for teaching public speaking. Speech departments must be clear about the institutional support required for SAC programs, and must be firm about limits and boundaries, consistently reminding others that speech courses and SAC courses are very different entities and accomplish different--if related--objectives. (Twenty-one notes are included, and an appendix contains examples of SAC assignments used in an"Introduction to Shakespeare" class.) (SR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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