Communicating orally: a competency to develop at the college level
In Québec and other Francophone regions, contrary to teaching written communications, there is no tradition of teaching oral communications, with the possible exception of oral presentations. Students have hardly ever received formal training in oral communications at the primary and secondary levels. So it is not surprising to see that public speaking or even talking to a teacher or colleague can result in a complex and stressful situation for college students. The ability to communicate orally still must be developed among these students, in both technical and pre-university programs, as well as in all general education fields. This discussion will deal with oral communication at the college level. More specifically, it will discuss possible solutions to help students develop this skill and proposals to evaluate their learning. This will highlight this too often overlooked or neglected skill that goes well beyond a simple oral presentation, because being proficient in oral communications is also knowing how to ask a question, hold a proper discussion with a teacher or colleague, present the results of a project to a group of peers, take part in a discussion, conduct an interview, justify one's words, explain one's reasoning, etc.
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