Characteristics of Oral Communication courses

Written texts offer a permanence and opportunity for analysis that make them especially valuable. However, most communication takes place orally; and it is important to develop skill both in formal oral presentations and in the ability to recognize conventions of oral communication and the ways in which oral communication can be enhanced an expanded by non-verbal means.  As part of the general education curriculum the demonstration of competence in oral communication will be either by direct demonstration in a placement examination or by successful completion of a course that meets the following criteria:

  • provides training in thought processes necessary to organize speech content
  • requires students to analyze components of effective delivery and language imparts understanding of ways in which oral communication is amplified or inhibited by non-verbal forms of communication
  • requires students to demonstrate ability to communicate information and ideas effectively to groups or in one-on-one conversation


Source: Adapted from Report and Recommendations, IUSB Task Force on General Education (March 2003).


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