Mary L. Heins

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Thesis - Open Access

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Master of Arts (MA)

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There are few vocations that utilize speaking skills as frequently as those of the teacher and the minister. Because of his belief in the importance of -his message, Professor Frederick Manthey, instructor at Martin Luther Academy, said, "A Christian - will do his utmost to further the message of the Gospel in order that this saving message may not be hindered." As a result it would seem appropriate that young men and young women preparing for. the preaching, teaching, or lay ministry or the church would certainly have need for speech training. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine How completely the speech education offered in the private high, schools of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod during the 1968-1969 school year met the criteria provided by the Speech Association of America. This particular group was chosen for three reasons. First, the high schools of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (hereafter referred to as WELS) are concerned with preparing students for the preaching, teaching, or lay ministry of the church·. Secondly, as a-member of WEIS and the wife of a pastor, I have a special personal concern that our schools do all they can to prepare our laymen, teachers, and ministers to be effective communicators. The third and final reason this particular group was selected for study was the lack of information available concerning the speech education programs in the WELS high schools.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Speech -- Study and teaching

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