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Area A-1 Oral Communication

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

  1. Analysis of oral communication focuses on the rhetorical perspective, including reasoning and advocacy, organization and accuracy, style and structure of oral expression.

  2. Students receive evaluation and instruction in effective listening techniques as well as the discovery and selection, critical evaluation, and oral report of specific content.

  3. 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.]

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate the skills necessary to form and present informative persuasive messages.
    1. Given a collection of relevant information relating to a particular topic, will construct an effective presentation.
    2. Will select and employ appropriate evidence to support the arguments or conclusions.

  2. Demonstrate competence in both active and empathic listening skills. Among other skills, students will assign priority to understanding over being understood, and will focus their listening on content over delivery.

  3. 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, etc.).

  4. Include appropriate appropriate visual aids, and collateral materials prepared to a professional standard.

  5. Manage own communication apprehension and anxiety in a variety of contexts including interpersonal, intercultural,small group, and public communication

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