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Without question, the popularity of the basic course in communication continues to grow, further entrenching it as a staple of the communication discipline. As several basic course scholars have persuasively noted, in the last 20 years, more and more colleges and universities in the United States have been charged with the daunting task of establishing an introductory course in communication as a central feature of general education curriculum.

Given the popularity of the course and increasing pressures on basic course instructors/directors to document the effectiveness of the course, basic communication course scholarship is more important now than ever. For more than 20 years the Basic Communication Course Annual has been the preeminent outlet for such scholarship. The articles presented in this volume of the Annual cover a wide range of topics that advance our understanding of basic course practice and pedagogy.