Public Speakin

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Course Description: This Public Speaking course is designed to introduce students to three basic modes of speaking. It provides each student with the necessary skills in order to communicate effectively. This lecture-performance course teaches the student how to develop and further enforce verbal and non-verbal communication skills and values. It includes: research, presentations skills, critical listening and thinking skills, audience analysis, anxiety reduction, and voice and articulation. In order to successfully complete the course, participation, and conferences with the instructor are required. In the class, emphasis is placed on developing effective communicators through a variety of oral and written assignments.

Course Rationale: At some point you will likely be called upon to stand before a group and deliver information, argue a position, present an award, introduce a guest speaker, or honor a special event or occasion. At these times, it is important that you command the audience’s attention, demonstrate credibility, represent your position clearly and accurately, and speak with conviction.

Core Competencies Gained by Students:

* Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World Analyze cultural diversity within the audience

* Intellectual and Practical Skills
Develop and master the skill of outlining
Develop critical skills listening and thinking
Design and use effective presentational aids
Build confidence from positive criticism of presentation and delivery skills

* Personal and Social Responsibility
Become an ethical and effective communicator
Learn effective communication skills through developing and delivering presentations Decrease communication anxiety through increased preparation

Course Objective: This course is designed to assist students in identifying and strengthening their specific public communication needs. It acquaints students with different forms and styles of human communication while familiarizing them with historical and modern rhetorical principles and applications. The goal is for students to develop skills which will strengthen effective communication with business and professional associates as well as with family and friends. The course is based on the study of communication theory as applied to a variety of public speaking situations and social interactions. All assigned oral and written activities and collateral readings will develop and refine critical thinking, listening and fundamental communication skills. Oral activities include presentations, voice and diction exercises and effective voice management.

Required Materials: Public Speaking Handbook, 2nd Edition by Steve A. Beebe & Susan J. Beebe.
A pack of 3 x 5 index cards

COURSE POLICIES

Attendance: In accordance with the Medgar Evers College/CUNY catalog, students are expected to attend class regularly. The success of your learning experience depends on the active contributions of everyone; therefore, your attendance is important. If your absence is excused, you must bring a verifiable excuse the class following your absence (or the next class you attend following your initial absence) for it to be accepted. See the Catalog for what is considered an excused absence. Your attendance is particularly crucial on speaking days for both the presentation of your own speech and your participation as an audience member. If you arrive after class has started you are late. Every two latenesses equals an absence. If you arrive 15 minutes after class has started you will be marked absent for that day. You have two “free” unexcused absences (that you cannot take on a performance day); additional unexcused absences will result in a 5-point grade reduction.

Make-ups: In a public speaking course, rescheduling a speech is very difficult. If you must miss your speaking day and your absence is excused, you...
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