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ERIC Number: ED346512
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-5
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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A MOSAIC: Designing the Listening Component of a Required Basic University Course.
Wirkus, Tom E.
Since 1961, the Department of Speech of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has required all students to take a "Principles of Effective Speaking" course. Some faculty members tried repeatedly between 1967 and 1987 to increase the course from two to three credit hours and to heighten the course's emphasis on listening skills. A 1990 report of the university's General Education Committee identified listening skills as one of the foundations that a basic speech course should offer and submitted a course proposal to the Department of Speech Communication/ Theatre Arts. Among the department's final recommendations was increasing the course's emphasis on listening skills. Because of concerns that the call for improved listening instruction was not accompanied by specifics in the course outline concerning how to address listening skills, a proposal for a 1.5 week-long mini-unit dealing with listening was developed. Packets of listening-related materials were provided to instructors to assist in their teaching. In the first year of the redesigned course, the feeling within the department is that considerable strides have been made toward fulfilling course objectives. (One appendix presenting the course syllabus is attached.) (SG)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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