As a course that earns a third Hub unit in Oral/Signed Communication, beyond Hub units for (1) Writing, Research, & Inquiry and (2) Research & Information Literacy, WR 151 will also give you an opportunity to analyze and practice oral/signed expression in order to communicate your research to academic and non-academic audiences. You will learn to infuse your writing with the urgency of oral exchange and to develop an oral style that reflects the rigor and precision of your writing. Through these experiences, you will gain practice in and a better understanding of the ways that different forms of information are produced, disseminated, and used today.
Planning a new WR 151 course? Be sure you consult the current syllabus template.
WR 151-Specific Principles
- Elocution: Students will demonstrate the skills needed to communicate effectively in a range of contexts. These skills include pacing, volume, enunciation, eye contact, and a varied vocal and gestural delivery.
- Extemporaneity: Students will be able to speak or sign well in unscripted situations. An ability to improvise is essential in situations where you cannot anticipate a question or topic, such as job interviews and oral defenses. Similarly, students must be able to engage in sound debate, ask follow-up questions, and entertain opposing views without the advantage of lengthy reflection or editing.
- Leadership/Authority: Students will share the expertise they have gained from their research projects in a variety of ways throughout the semester, including an assignment wherein each student must lead a portion of class time on their own.
- Retrieval: Students will accurately summarize or quote material without notes. This might mean answering a teacher’s questions, performing a recitation, or delivering a declamation.
- Metacognition: Students will regularly reflect on and evaluate their peers’ and their own performance on oral and signed tasks.
WR 151-Specific Resources
- Advice to Students on Preparing for Oral Presentations
- Building Your Syllabus (Syllabi Templates)
- Class Participation Rubric
- Creating an Oral Presentation Rubric
- Creating and Presenting Posters
- Critical Conversations
- Cumulative Portfolios in the Writing Program
- Dork Short Oral Presentations
- Effective Visual Presentations
- Faculty Guide to Teaching WR 120 and WR 15x
- Oral Presentations
- Student Presentations and Strategies for Audience Engagement
- Syllabus Checklist
- WR 151 Additional Ideas and Supplemental Resources