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Speech Communication Center
The primary mission of the Speech Communication Center is to ensure that the Missouri S&T campus is in compliance with the Missouri Revised Statutes by providing communication skills assessment to the campus’ new graduate teaching assistants. The center also provides oral communication consultation to the campus, coordinating with the Department of Arts, Languages, & Philosophy to provide technical (recording) support to oral communication classes.
The Graduate Teaching Assistant Communication Skills Workshop, affectionately known as the Workshop is held twice a year the week before the Spring and Fall semesters start.
During the semesters we provide the SPEAK test for graduate students who are non-native speakers of English.For those who do not pass the SPEAK test or the Workshop due to language issues, we offer the American Communciation Skills Class or Speech 1185 International Section.
For assistance with oral communication in the classroom, please contact the center directly.
After 15 years of exceptional service to international GTAs and their undergraduate students, Dr. Irina Ivliyeva, associate professor of Russian, has stepped down from teaching the American Pronunciation class. She will continue to provide the cultural orientation for the GTA Workshop and serve as our senior assessor. A foreign language educator of 26 years, Dr. Ivliyeva is committed to expanding the foreign language curriculum into blended and online formats. Presently she focuses on aligning ACTFL foreign language teaching standards (http://www.actfl.org) with online assessment methods.
We are fortunate to have Dr. Audra-Merfeld Langston to teach American Communication Skills Class, formerly American Pronunciation. This is a free class, mandated by state law, to improve the spoken and aural communication of international students who need a little extra help in order to pass the SPEAK test and/or the GTA Workshop. Dr. Langston is an associate professor of French who brings with her 17 years of teaching language as well as native proficiency in English. She has worked with the GTA Workshop for 6 years as an assessor.