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Speech 101: Introduction to Oral Communication
Oxnard College
Spring 2005

Professor: Amy London
Office: L & S Office “C”
Office Hours: M.T.W.Th. 2:00pm-3:00pm
Also, by appointment (please call or email) Phone: (805) 986-5800 x 1943
Email: alondon@vcccd.net(This is a great way to get a hold of me!) Course Numbers:TR 11:00am-12:20pm #38953LA 18
TR 12:30pm-1:50pm#38955LS 12

“Speech is civilization itself. The word, even the most contradictory word, preserves contact- it is silence which isolates.”
-Thomas Mann

“In our everyday lives we speak differently to diverse audiences. We communicate best by choosing that way of speaking that is informed by the particularity and uniqueness of whom we are speaking to and with.”

-bell hooks

Course Description
This course is designed as an introduction to the study of the human communication process with an emphasis on effective public communication. The course includes intensive practice in public speaking, reasoning, critical thinking, and critical listening. Speech 101 is an essential general education course teaching effective use and understanding of written and spoken forms of communication.

Required Textbook
Devito, J. (2003) The essential elements of public speaking. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Student Learning Objectives
This course is designed to give students the basic skills needed to survive in the realm of public speaking. Ideally, students will be more comfortable speaking in front of an audience learning to use such tools as visual aids and eye contact. Students will develop effective listening, thinking, and analytical skills while learning to accurately and clearly convey messages in a public venue. The course will focus not only on major principles from the text and lectures, but on the importance of organization, research, and responsibility. Students are intended to leave this course with positive feelings toward public speaking and will be able to effectively use and understand basic skills and concepts.

Course Requirements

Speaking Assignments and Outlines

• There will be 5 formal graded speech presentations. Three presentations, the process, the informative and the persuasive, must be accompanied by an outline. The outline must be turned in on the day you are assigned to speak and must be in correct outline format (to be discussed in class). You will not be permitted to speak if you do not provide an outline BEFORE you deliver your speech. Finally, topics for each speech must be approved by me at least ONE WEEK BEFORE speeches begin. Specific speech guidelines will be given out in class, however, brief explanations of each assignment follows:

1. Narrative Speech:
This is a 2-4 minute speech in which you tell a story from your life experience(s). This speech is a way for you to introduce yourself to the class and begin public speaking. This speech should make you more comfortable with your surroundings making speech class manageable. This speech is worth 50 points of your total course grade.

2. Process Speech
This is a 3-5 minute speech, accompanied by a formal outline, where you will demonstrate how to do something or explain how something operates. This speech and outline is worth 100 points of your total course grade.

3. Cultural Informative Speech:
This is a 5-7 minute speech, accompanied by a formal outline, in which you inform your audience about a culture different from your own. You might focus on a cultural event, value, ritual, politics, art, etc. This speech and outline is worth 200 points of your total course grade.

4. Oral Interpretation:
This is a 3-5 minute presentation that focuses on dynamic performance. The overall emphasis of this speech is delivery...
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