ENG1430 Public Speaking

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ENG1430 Public Speaking


This introductory course in public speaking prepares students to make public presentations, whether in class or elsewhere. Students will become adept at constructing a speech and will learn the various components of a speech, including the introduction, body, and conclusion. The course also covers audience analysis and researching information for speeches.

This course offers the opportunity to hone skills in delivering oral presentations. It emphasizes the importance of critical listening in both professional and personal contexts. The mechanics of speech preparation will be analyzed and practiced, with students expected to deliver well-developed speeches. Although speaking clearly and confidently in public may be daunting, it is a valuable skill for the future. Feedback will be provided to help improve speaking abilities and to identify effective methods and areas for development.

Key Topics Covered Include:

  • Develop techniques for speech formation
  • Understand the importance of audience assessment and perception in delivering and preparing speeches
  • Foster effective listening skills
  • Learn techniques to reduce apprehension
  • Cultivate self-confidence and poise
  • Enhance research skills to broaden the scope of speeches

Full-CLC Students

A CLC award signifies that the student has attained the knowledge, (through either prior education or experience), equal to or greater than the student would have learned in a traditional college course.”

“Based upon your CLC award, physical classroom attendance is not required; however, you will be required to successfully pass a final exam for each course.”

Based upon your HESEAP Application, you have received full-CLC for this course; therefore, this is a test-out course which does not include traditional education on the subject.

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(The majority of the exam questions for this course are based upon information contained in the below search topics)


  • (2016) Exploring Public Speaking. Barbara G. Tucker and Kristin M. Barton. University System of Georgia. Available at: http://oer.galileo.usg.edu/communication-textbooks/1
    • 1.1 What is Public Speaking (pg. 10-12)
    • 1.2 Anxiety and Public Speaking (pg. 12-17)
    • 1.5 Getting Started in Public Speaking (pg. 24-27)
    • 4.1 Getting Started with Your Topic (pg. 68)
    • 6.1 Why we Need Organization in Speeches (pg. 108-110)
    • 8.1 General Guidelines for Introductions and Conclusions (pg. 158-159)
    • 11.1 The Importance of Delivery (pg. 250-251)
    • 11.2 Methods of Speech Delivery (pg. 251-255)
  • (2016) Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking. University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing. Available at: https://open.lib.umn.edu/publicspeaking/ 
    • 4.2 Listening Styles
    • 6.1 General Purposes of Speaking
    • 11.1 Why Conclusions Matter
    • 13.2 Using Language Effectively
    • Appendix 1: The public speaking Pyramid
  • (2012) Your body language shapes who you are. Amy Cuddy, TED Global https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are?language=en


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