Presentation addresses student speaking

Faculty are invited to a presentation and live webcast titled "Connections: Speak Up! Tips to Assess Student Speaking" Friday, April 5, from 11 a.m.-noon, in Room C2406 of the main building on the Truax Campus.

Over 4,500 Madison College students have been assessed in “soft” skills local employers find valuable. Branded as Core Workforce Skills, these skills repeatedly come up as essential for success as future employees. Nationally, the message is the same, according to a recent study in liberal education and the future of work (Hart Research Associates, on behalf of the Association of American Colleges and Universities). This leads us to ask ourselves: How can we embed speaking into curriculum across the college without losing the integrity of our unique content and scheduling?

A faculty work group consisting of speech, oral/interpersonal and English instructors formed to begin a multifaceted campaign to support student success as they communicate content.

Miranda Hawk, faculty and chair of the Speech Department, presents practical tips to:

  • Include informal speaking activities that support content delivery without burdening your course schedule.
  • Address student anxiety about speaking.
  • Address potential faculty anxiety about assessing public speaking.

Walk away with a toolbox of activities, ideas and sample rubrics.



Published March 22, 2019. Updated March 27, 2019.