The College’s SpeakWrite initiative helps you approach writing and speaking situations you encounter in your classes, in your work, and in your their community by assessing four key questions:
- 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?
SPEAKHow will you organize and develop your ideas? How will you deliver them?
- TEDx Speaker Guide: a few tips on how to give a great talk--from getting familiar with the format to outlining and the presentation itself.
- Elevator Pitches and Other Quick Takes: a few ways to present your key ideas clearly and concisely.
- Multilingual Speakers & Writers. Please see the resources designed with you in mind
SpeakWrite™ & Employers
Employers value strong communication skills. Remember to highlight SpeakWrite™ on your résumé and cover letter.
WRITECheck out these resources--and find more at the Writing Studio.
- Applying PACT to Understand Assignments. See if this brief (3 minute) video helps you get off to a good start on your next assignment.
PACT for Scientific Writing. This 5-minute video gives you the basics for effective writing!
The Four Novelty Moves. This 3-minute video from CMU explains four steps that can turn your research into a compelling narrative.
Finding and Fixing Errors. Lunsford & Lunsford identify common trouble spots for many writers. This handout
offers a few strategies that may help.
- Multilingual Speakers & Writers. Please see the page of resources designed with you in mind.
The SpeakWrite initiative is based on the following key principles.Several Eberly College programs are SpeakWrite Certified.™
Engagement. When you speak and write purposefully and thoughtfully in your classes, you are ready to enter conversations in your fields and in your communities. You 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. You need practice conveying the knowledge you gain as you complete your degree.
- 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.
SpeakWrite Certified Programs incorporate and develop written, verbal, visual, and mediated communication skills in coursework across the curriculum. Students completing majors in SpeakWrite Certified Programs automatically fulfill the WVU General Education Foundations (GEF) writing and communication skills requirement.Students completing Eberly College programs that do not carry SpeakWrite Certification fulfill the writing and communication skills requirement by completing ENGL 101 and 102 (or 103), and a minimum of two additional program-designated SpeakWrite Certified courses.©