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Clark College News and Events

February 21, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Telephone: 360-992-2921


“The Power of Listening” will be offered
by the Clark College Communication Studies Department
beginning in the spring quarter of 2007

VANCOUVER, Wash. – In a time of e-mail, voice mail, iPods, MTV, VH1, text messages, and multiple media coming at us 24/7, have we lost the ability to the ability to listen?

“The Power of Listening” is a new, four-credit course offered by the Clark College Communication Studies Department.  Topics will include strategies to improve memory, improve note taking, increase vocabulary and increase creative thinking.  Students will learn to utilize the skill of listening so as to accomplish tasks, build relationships, make wise decisions, and improve communication in the family, in the classroom, at work with employees and supervisors, and across genders. In addition, students will gain an understanding of nonverbal communication, become more conscious of the persuasive techniques of advertising, and develop an assertive response style.

The class will be introduced during the spring quarter of 2007.   Spring quarter classes begin on April 2.  The class will be offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. in Room 108 of Hanna Hall.

Communication Studies instructor Suzanne Southerland noted, “More and more universities are offering classes in listening.  At Marylhurst University, one of our co-admission partners, a class in listening is required in order to receive a communications degree.”  Southerland added, “For years, colleges and universities have offered classes on public speaking.  We’re now beginning to more fully appreciate the importance of the ability to listen.”   

For additional information, contact Suzanne Southerland at 503-453-2825 or by e-mail at ssoutherland@clark.edu.


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