Oral communication proficiency is often highlighted as an outcome of U.S. university curriculum, yet it is often unclear how it manifests in the classroom. This paper presents a series of surveys investigating oral communication tasks across the university. The focus of the analysis is on public speaking tasks occurring across disciplines. Results demonstrate that there is a wide range of tasks found in university syllabi, that group and individual presentations are the most prominent, and that communication studies incorporates task types unique to the discipline. Descriptions of the task types found within disciplines are provided, along with an analysis of situational characteristics. In combination, these surveys provide a picture of where public speaking tasks are occurring in the university and what types of tasks are assigned.
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Iberri-Shea, G. (2019). Public speaking tasks across the university curriculum. Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal, 43, 73-100.