Oral Communication

Welcome to Public Speaking. I know that many of you dread public speaking and would rather be anywhere else than in front of an audience speaking. But when you break down public speaking and look at it in the individual pieces, you will see it is not so bad. What I have found after all of my teaching is that what most students fear is the unknown of what it will be like to speak but when you understand the process, there really isn’t much to fear.

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Course Description: Oral Communication offers a wide variety of reading, application and speaking assignments designed to expose students to all the major skills of speechmaking. Students focus on the following basic elements: ethics, analyzing the audience, visual aids, choosing a topic and specific purpose, and outlining, listening, organizing a speech, delivery, small group communication, informative and persuasive speaking, speaker credibility, effective use of language, library research, communication and/or speeches to entertain. All students give several speeches both with and without visual aids. This course is designed to prepare students for majors in communications as well as for the general population

Student Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the semester, students will know and/or be able to:ยท

1. locate, analyze, and select information to tailor a presentation to a specific audience: assessment will include collection of working and/or formal outlines, in class activities, quizzes and exams and/or assignments

2. construct a clear general purpose, specific purpose, and thesis statement with the intent of focusing the speech to one topic; assessment will include collection of working and/or formal outlines, in class activities, quizzes and exams and/or assignments

3. construct a well structured speech by properly identifying an introduction, body and conclusion; assessment will include collection of working and/or formal outlines, in class activities, quizzes and exams and/or assignments

4. demonstrate improvement in verbal and nonverbal delivery in a prepared presentation; assessment will include evaluation of impromptu and formal speeches

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