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Six Approaches to the Introductory Course: A Forum


The introductory communication course is one of the most important courses in a general education program at the college or university level. Gibson, Hanna, and Huddleston (1985) observed that the course “remains a vital component of American higher education” (290). Seiler and McGukin (1989) agreed that the course is critical to a speech communication curriculum. Professors adopt a variety of approaches in teaching the introductory course. The purpose of this essay is to examine one approach to the introductory course: the hybrid course. The authors will (l) describe the hybrid approach; (2) consider the course structure including general teaching strategies. behavioral objectives, classroom activities, major assignments, and examinations; (3) note the importance of the hybrid approach; and (4) recommend some future directions for the course.