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Oral Communication (ORC)
Oral Communication: A course that incorporates specific instruction, practice, and feedback to develop oral communication competence and confidence.
Intended learning outcomes for students:
Students will demonstrate:
- The ability to listen and speak effectively in one or more of the following modes: interpersonal communication, small group communication or public presentations.
- The ability to use listening and speaking as means of learning.
- Increased confidence in their listening and speaking abilities.
Guidelines for courses:
- An oral communication course must provide explicit instruction in effective oral communication through assigned readings, lectures, class discussions, and/or other instructional features of the course.
- An oral communication course must emphasize speaking and listening as principal and integral means of learning. The course must provide several opportunities for students to practice their oral skills in course assignments, and it must provide students with specific feedback on the development of these skills.
- Oral communication courses may emphasize any of the modes of communication, including presentations, small group debates or discussions, and/or one-on-one communication.
Additional information for faculty proposing ORC courses - includes committee comments on course guidelines to assist instructors in preparing proposals for GE accreditation