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ERIC Number: EJ1367303
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2022
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2640-4524
EISSN: EISSN-2578-2568
Sounds about White: Critiquing the NCA Standards for Public Speaking Competency
Key, Adam
Journal of Communication Pedagogy, v6 p128-141 2022
Using critical discourse analysis, I critically examined the National Communication Association's (NCA) standards for public speaking competency to determine what type of ideal speaker the standards would produce. Highlighting NCA's emphasis on "suitable" and "appropriate" forms of communication and the use of Standard American English, I argue that the ideal competent speaker in our classrooms sounds White. I complete the essay by reimagining the basic course using methods of Africana Study to explore ways that the standards for public speaking might be decolonized and made more inclusive to students of all backgrounds.
Central States Communication Association. University of Montevallo, Department of Communication, 75 College Drive, Station 6625, Montevallo, AL 35115. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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