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ERIC Number: ED436806
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 25
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Acceptable Verbal Skills in the Basic Communication Course.
Hugenberg, Lawrence W.
Beginning communication course textbooks typically discuss language theory and skills--the authors' attempts to help students learn and use language appropriate to the occasion and the audience. These discussions are usually included in public speaking and hybrid textbooks for the basic course. There is a movement in general education requirements at United States colleges and universities that identifies oral communication education as a goal to be attained in order to be considered an educated citizen. This movement raises the important issue: what level of oral fluency or literacy is needed for students to pass the basic communication course. Since these courses are included as central to a college or university's general education, communication educators need to teach students to be fluent orally. The central question is: Are students prepared with the skills necessary so that when they speak, people listen? This paper reviews sections of basic communication texts that include the discussion of language and language usage. This study summarizes the instructional literature on language usage in many popular basic communication course texts (n=13). The advantages of identifying and highlighting the skills necessary for oral communication fluency are discussed. Contains 13 references. (NKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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