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ERIC Number: ED318068
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Speaking across the Curriculum: The Hamline Experience.
Palmerton, Patricia R.
The Speaking across the Curriculum (SAC) program at Hamline University in Minnesota is based upon principles similar to those of many Writing across the Curriculum (WAC) programs and is complementary to the WAC program at Hamline. The SAC program requires students to take two speaking intensive courses as well as a freshman seminar in which both discussion and writing are emphasized. The program focuses on process as opposed to product, emphasizes practice and analysis, and expects that oral communication activities will be central to the learning objectives of course content (not just an extra element added on to an already existing course). In the 1989-90 school year the program had 53 speaking intensive courses in 20 major programs. So far, faculty response has been positive, and student response has been very positive. Far more than a process of composition or of articulating ideas in symbolic form, communication in the classroom is a matter of individuals engaged in a communicative interaction affected by such issues as social status, power, dominance issues, normative constraints, and other factors. The failure to recognize the demands upon speakers related to the social implications of their communication creates fundamental problems when trying to understand how speech works in the process of learning. Research in speech and communication has much to offer those who use oral communication processes in their teaching. (Seventeen references are attached.) (SR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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