UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
Introduced by: Undergraduate Academic Council
Date: March 1, 2004
REVISION OF “ORAL DISCOURSE” GENERAL EDUCATION CRITERIA
IT IS HEREBY PROPOSED THAT THE FOLLOWING BE ADOPTED:
1. That the revisions of the Oral Discourse General Education criteria proposed by the General Education Committee and passed by UAC be approved.
2. That this become effective immediately.
3. That this policy be forwarded to the President for approval.
The Oral Discourse criteria have been revised for the sake of clarity and to provide departments, schools and programs a better idea of the breadth of experiences that may be used to satisfy this requirement.
Since all existing courses approved to fulfill this requirement already meet
the revised criteria, it is requested that this policy be implemented immediately
ORAL DISCOURSE: Approved courses provide opportunities for students to develop the oral communication skills they need to participate more effectively in public and academic debates and discussions. Courses offer opportunities to participate in a variety of communication contexts and to reflect on the principles and theory relevant to specific oral communication activities. Approved courses include instruction on presentation, as well as feedback and evaluation of oral performance. Feedback can occur in various forms, including peer evaluation in student groups, but it is expected that the instructor will also provide feedback to students on their performance. To fulfill both the spirit and the letter of this requirement, wherever possible courses should have no more than 25 students enrolled.
· A discussion within a group, where each member will be required to make 3-5 “paragraph-length” contributions in the course of the discussion.
· A question and answer dialogic process where the student fields a succession of questions or asks a succession of questions that build on and comment upon prior answers.
· A rehearsed theatrical presentation or interpretative reading
· A stand-up monologue presentation of a minimum of 3-5 minutes
· A debate where each participant speaks for a minimum of 3-5 minutes
Students will be made aware of the criteria to be used for evaluation of their oral performances. Examples of criteria that may be used include persuasiveness, organization, presentation of evidence, validity of argument, contact with the audience, vocal punctuation and expressiveness, oral language style suited to the exercise, appropriate volume and pace of speech, poise and comfort, vocal fluency, eye contact, and active listening.