Oral Communication in English

Oral Communication in English courses are designed so that students will be prepared to develop oral messages of varying lengths and styles that communicate effectively and appropriately across a variety of settings.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate mastery of the Oral Communication in English general education core competency by being able to:

Respond to Rhetorical Situations:

  • Identify and evaluate the specific audience and purpose in different communication situations, and adapt the communication appropriately to those situations.
  • Develop effective messages that influence attitudes, beliefs, and actions through appropriate logical, ethical, and emotional appeals.
  • Recognize when others do not understand the message and then manage those misunderstandings.
  • Listen effectively by understanding, remembering, interpreting, evaluating, and responding appropriately to the speech of others.

Use Sources

  • Locate, evaluate, use, and acknowledge sources appropriate to the communication purpose.
  • Synthesize and integrate others’ ideas purposefully and ethically into students’ own communication.
  • Summarize, paraphrase, and quote accurately the ideas of others, clearly differentiating them from the students’ own ideas.

Craft Logical Arguments

  • Select an appropriate and effective medium for communicating.
  • Provide clear and logical evidence, support, or illustration for their assertions.
  • Choose appropriate and effective organizing methods for the message, employing effective transitions and signposts.

Apply Language Conventions

  • Use diction, tone, and level of formality appropriate to audience, purpose, and situation.
  • Use pronunciation, grammar, articulation, and nonverbal behaviors appropriate for the message and designated audience.

Formulate Effective Communication Strategies

  • Reflect on and explain the effectiveness of their communication choices regarding the audience, purpose, and situation.
  • Speak ethically by accepting responsibility for their communication practices and by communicating openly and directly.
  • Revise and rehearse speeches before delivery.
  • Work collaboratively with others, including managing discussion, tasks, and information.


Basic Assessment Rubric: http://www.ct.edu/files/pdfs/tap-outcome-oral.pdf

2021-22 Course List

The following Middlesex Community College courses are designated as fulfilling the Oral Communication general education core competency.  (For full course descriptions, hover over the “Numbers” below.)

BBG*115 Business Software Applications
BMG*204 Managerial Communications
COM*172 Interpersonal Communication
COM*173 Public Speaking
HSE*202 Introduction to Counseling/ Interviewing
ODD*110 Ophthalmic Materials I
SOC*120 Group Dynamics
VET*102 Veterinary Office Management & Communication
VET*280 Veterinary Technician Externship I
VET*286 Veterinary Technician Externship II

Business, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, and Psychology
Additional Oral Communication Courses for Students who took certain courses in these disciplines prior to the Fall 2017 semester

The following Middlesex Community College courses are Program Requirements in various majors.  They were previously designated as fulfilling the Oral Communication general education core competency. Students matriculating in 2017-18 and later may not use these courses to fulfill the Oral Communication general education core competency.  (For full course descriptions, hover over the underlined Numbers below.)

BBG*101 Introduction to Business
BES*118 Small Business Management
BMG*202 Principles of Management
BMG*210 Principles of Organizational Behavior
BMG*220 Human Resource Management
BMK*103 Principles of Retailing
BMK*106 Principles of Selling
BMK*123 Principles of Customer Service
BMK*201 Principles of Marketing
CJS*290 Practicum in Criminal Justice
ECE*103 Creative Art Experiences for Children
ECE*106 Music and Movement for Children
ECE*141 Infant/Toddler Growth & Development
ECE*176 Health, Safety, and Nutrition
ECE*180 CDA Preparation Course
ECE*182 Child Development
HLT*160/SOC*160 Introduction to Public Health
PSY*103 Introduction to Holistic Wellness
PSY*111 General Psychology I
PSY*201 Life Span Development
PSY*204 Child and Adolescent Development
PSY*240 Social Psychology