This is an introductory course in public speaking. Students will be prepared to make a public presentation, whether in class or elsewhere upon completion of the course. The student will become adept at constructing a speech. Students will learn the various components of a speech including the introduction, body and conclusion. The student will also discover how to analyze his/her audience and how to research information for the speech.
This course will avail you the opportunity to hone skills in delivering presentations orally. Critical listening is important in many areas of life professionally and personally; this course will assist in that regard. The mechanics of speech preparation will be analyzed and then put into practice, as you will be expected to deliver a well-developed speech. Speaking clearly and confidently in public may be a daunting concept, however, it is a skill that will be valuable far into your future. You will receive feedback so that you can improve as a speaker and discover what methods work well for you as well as those you may need to develop.
The class will familiarize the student with the components of a speech. Speech construction including coming up with a topic, research for the body of the talk and contemplating the configuration of the audience will be examined. The relevance of a captivating introduction and a motivating conclusion will also be covered. The course aims to reduce anxiety associated with public speaking and augment the performance of the student when delivering the speech. By the end of the course all students should:
- Develop speech formation techniques
- Recognize why audience assessment and perception is imperative when delivering and preparing speeches
- Foster good listening skills
- Learn techniques to curtail apprehension
- Cultivate self-confidence and poise
- Boost research skills in order to expand the frame of your speech
- Be able to assist others by giving practical feedback on their presentations
“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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- (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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