The University of Rhode Island and the Department of Communication Studies actively participate in the national Communication Across the Curriculum (CxC) movement which aims to support and promote the teaching and practice of communication in all disciplines, and to make oral and written communication a significant component of courses across the curriculum.
Study after study has shown that students perform better in their courses, and they have a stronger handle on the material they are learning, if they have opportunities to write and speak about that material on a regular basis. More so, opportunities to speak and write in the classroom improve the communication skills of students, and better position them for professional careers in the future. By speaking and writing to learn, and learning to write and speak, communication across the curriculum enhances the educational environment for students in the classroom, and beyond.
In addition to speaking to learn, learning to speak is an important goal in itself. Speaking well equips students with a set of skills they can use for the rest of their lives. Speaking is the mode of communication most often used to express opinions, make arguments, offer explanations, transmit information, and make impressions upon others. Students need to speak well in their personal lives, future workplaces, social interactions, and political endeavors. They will have meetings to attend, presentations to make, discussions and arguments to participate in, and groups to work with.
Both speaking to learn and learning to speak are important, and both can be incorporated into classes of any size in any discipline. An advanced degree in communication is not required to help students become more adept speakers. Instructors can learn to develop speaking assignments that meet course- or discipline-specific goals, offer students basic guidelines for those assignments, and evaluate them fairly and productively. In the process, instructors often find their own oral communication skills improving as they teach students basic concepts and evaluate their efforts. While becoming an outstanding speaker requires years of practice, students can improve their communication skills during one course if oral communication is a regular feature.
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Oral Communication Across the Curriculum: What's a Small Change to do? Report of a Collaborative Pilot by Theatre and Education Faculty
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