Be sure to explore the SpeakWrite™ Teaching Exchange for a growing collection of resources
- Engagement. When students speak and write purposefully and thoughtfully in their classes, they’re engaged. They are ready to enter conversations in their fields and in their communities. They are developing a critical skill, valued by employers and society, that is a hallmark of an Arts and Sciences education.
- Practice. Effective communication is a complex activity that cannot be mastered in a single course. It is the responsibility of the entire academic community. Students need practice conveying the knowledge they gain as they complete their majors.
- Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Abilities. People write and speak with a particular purpose, to a particular audience, in a particular context defined by particular conventions. Speaking and writing in the majors is most effectively guided by those with discipline-specific expertise.
Support. A community that sustains effective communication needs the insights
of a cross-disciplinary advisory board and access to multimedia/Web resources,
peer consultants, and workshops that respond to discipline-specific needs. Partner with the Writing Studio.
- Purpose: What exactly do I want to happen?
- Audience: Who is reading, listening, or viewing?
- Conventions: What is expected in this context?
- Trouble spots: What could get in the way of my goals?
- Process for certifying a program or major that emphasizes effective communication throughout the curriculum (where students typically complete 6 or more SpeakWrite certified courses within the coursework for their major )
Teach with SpeakWrite™
Eberly Teaching Exchange for some starting points for teachers
- Eberly Writing Studio for student resources