Course Summary
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Students have 60 days with 30 days' extension (if needed) to complete the course
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 public speaking


The course objective is to take the learner through all of the stages of developing a speech, from preparation to rehearsal to presentation. Along the way, they will learn how to become better listeners, manage their anxiety, and incorporate feedback effectively.

Learning Outcomes:

  • articulate the responsibilities of ethical communication
  • examine the history of public speaking and rhetoric
  • analyze best practices in effective public speaking
  • evaluate speech topics, considering focus, and audience appropriateness
  • generate a speech outline, including a topic, thesis, and main ideas
  • conduct research to identify support for a speech topic, evaluating source credibility
  • effectively utilize supporting evidence in a speech
  • identify characteristics of informative, persuasive, and special occasion speeches
  • prepare speeches on a variety of topics with a range of purposes
  • employ language that is inclusive, accurate, and audience appropriate
  • identify the impact of nonverbal communication on public speaking
  • develop audience awareness and perform audience analysis
  • apply techniques for rehearsing a speech; effectively incorporate visual aids
  • identify techniques for reducing anxiety and building confidence
  • articulate the speaking listening process and develop critical listening skills

General Topics:

  • Introduction to public speaking
  • Components of communication
  • Types of speeches
  • Ethics in public speaking
  • Effective listening
  • Stages of listening
  • Topic and purpose
  • Audience analysis
  • Choosing a topic
  • Speech organization and preparation
  • Managing anxiety
  • Researching for your speech
  • Using supporting evidence
  • Informative speeches
  • Outlining your speech
  • Developing speech components
  • Choosing the right language
  • Persuasive speeches
  • Using appeals in persuasive speaking
  • Speech patterns
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Rehearsing question and answer sessions
  • Using visual aids
  • Creating effective presentations
  • Feedback
  • Special occasion speeches
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

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