General Education Resources

ORAL COMMUNICATION is the practice of effectively communicating verbally with a public audience across a variety of contexts.

People with a general education are able to synthesize their knowledge of a subject with their speaking and listening skills to effectively craft a verbal presentation appropriate for a specific situation, purpose, and audience. They understand that effective verbal communication involves a dialogue between speaker and audience and use this knowledge for decision-making about the organization, development, and presentation of appropriate material. They understand that oral communication skills are essential for a knowledgeable speaker to inform, persuade, and inspire audiences.

Students who have oral communication skills can:

  • develop content appropriate to the presentation goals
  • organize the content in a logical manner appropriate for the intended audience
  • demonstrate a range of effective formal and informal presentation skills
  • demonstrate evidence of rehearsal through the verbal presentation



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