State University, Sacramento
A. General criteria:
Courses specifically designated to fulfill the oral communication
requirement must emphasize the content as well as the form of communication
and must include active participation in oral communication. Courses
should also provide an understanding of the psychological bases and
social significance of the communication studied.
Area A-1. Oral Communication criteria
- Analysis of oral communication focuses on the rhetorical perspective,
including reasoning and advocacy, organization and accuracy, style
and structure of oral expression.
- Students receive evaluation and instruction
in effective listening techniques as well as the discovery and
selection, critical evaluation,
and oral report of specific content.
- Assignments emphasize both theoretical
and practical aspects of public speaking or group discussion, involving
each student in a
minimum of 3 in-class presentations, totaling 22 minutes or more.
Presentations must be followed by classroom feedback explaining the
speaker's performance in relation to applicable theories of oral
communication. [Class size in these courses will be limited to
30. Oral presentation may include public speaking, such as advocacy,
information and expressive presentations, or student participation
in debate or group discussions. Courses will include instruction
and practice in effective listening techniques.]
- Demonstrate the skills necessary to form and present informative
- Given a collection of relevant information
relating to a particular topic, will construct
an effective presentation.
- Will select and employ appropriate
evidence to support the arguments or conclusions.
competence in both active and empathic listening skills. Among
other skills, students will assign priority to
over being understood, and will focus their listening on content
- Present oral messages to appropriate audiences. The presentations
will adhere to conventions of message delivery (e.g., vocal
qualities, eye contact, movement, gestures, avoiding vocalized pauses,
- Include appropriate appropriate visual aids, and collateral
materials prepared to a professional standard.
own communication apprehension and anxiety in a variety of contexts
including interpersonal, intercultural,small
and public communication