Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1970

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Walter L. LaDue

Second Committee Member

Jeanette S. Johnson

Third Committee Member

Katherine S. Egan


There is concern among educators that students are not as skilled in the area of listening as they could or should be. As a result of this concern an oral communication program was developed in Alameda County, California to improve students' listening skills. It was the purpose of the study to determine the effectiveness of the Alameda County Oral Communication Program in an itinerant speech and hearing program in Central Washington. The study sought to answer the question: 1. Does the use of the Alameda County Oral Communication Program in Listening effect a change in the language skills of public school age children? 2. Does the program have greater effect at one grade level than at another?