Be sure to explore the SpeakWrite™ Teaching Exchange for a growing collection of resources for faculty.

SpeakWrite™ Principles

  • 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.

PACT: A Common Language

The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences is committed to fostering students’ abilities in writing, speaking, visual presentations, and multimedia communication.  We promote a common language to help students become aware of four key questions that shape almost any communication:

  1. Purpose: What exactly do I want to happen?
  2. Audience: Who is reading, listening, or viewing?
  3. Conventions: What is expected in this context?
  4. Trouble spots: What could get in the way of my goals?
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    SpeakWrite™ Courses

    SpeakWrite™ Programs

    Teach with SpeakWrite™ 

    • Eberly Teaching Exchange for some starting points for teachers
    • Eberly Writing Studio for student resources