- Emphasize informal and formal modes of communication
- Teach discipline-specific communication techniques
- Use a process-based approach to learning that provides opportunities for feedback and revision
- Base a substantial portion of the final grade on successful spoken and/or written performance
- Help students become aware of four key concepts that shape responses to many situations: purpose, audience, conventions, and trouble spots (PACT).
The approval process consists of two simple steps. Expect a response to your SpeakWrite course submission within 10-15 working days.
Step 1: Provide Brief Context in an Email to SpeakWrite@mail.wvu.edu.
- SUBJECT LINE: The course name and number (e.g. ENGL 301 for SpeakWrite Certification)
- QUESTION 1: Is the course intended for majors only or will it be available to students outside the major?
- QUESTION 2: Who will teach the course?
- QUESTION 3: What is the department-level plan for assuring all sections of the course will meet SpeakWrite expectations? (Please remember that the SpeakWrite designation is at the course level rather than at the individual section level.)
- QUESTIONS 4: Do you want to provide any other context that may be helpful to the review?
- Include at least one communication skills goal
Use the yellow highlighter function in Word to draw attention to SpeakWrite
- Highlight where/how students receive feedback and opportunities to improve
- Highlight the grade percentages associated with SpeakWrite activities (totaling a third or more of the final grade)
- Remind your students of support available to them through the Writing Studio.
- Use the PACT graphic and/or the four key PACT questions
related to purpose, audience, conventions, and trouble spots. SpeakWrite courses strive to develop a common language to help students analyze many of the writing and speaking situations
that they will encounter in their classes, in their work, and in their community. We are hoping that the PACT graphic will provide a visual cue.
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We hope faculty will signal their commitment to fostering effective communication by including a syllabus statement. Here is a sample statement for a SpeakWrite course that has a substantial speaking and/or writing component. You are welcome to use this statement--or create your own version.
- [Course name and number ] has been designated as a SpeakWrite course by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. This class is committed to fostering students’ abilities in writing, speaking, visual presentations, and multimedia communication. For resources, please visit SpeakWrite.wvu.edu.
- Please try to include one of the PACT graphics to create a visual reminder of the common language we are hoping to develop across the college. Either graphic can be resized to a one-inch height:
Refer to a few sample syllabi (with SpeakWrite components highlighted in yellow) if you need ideas:
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