The focus of this class is to understand basic speech theories and develop a variety of skills to help you become competent, audience-centered public speakers. When you have finished this course, you should be able to:
This course is designed to help you learn the fundamentals of effective public speaking. At the conclusion of the course, you should be able to do the following:
There are no required materials for this course.
All speeches must be recorded in video format and uploaded to Youtube (click here for upload instructions). Submit your links to the recordings to Independent Study. If you need to submit multiple attachments in BrainHoney, follow the submission instructions.
You will need to submit a scanned copy of an official picture ID card with your first assignment. Your assignment will not be graded without it.
Each lesson will include information that will assist you in becoming a better communicator. Read the lessons carefully and take notes so you can successfully complete the quiz at the end of each lesson. Eight of the nine lessons require you to record yourself giving a speech. Several require outlines or manuscripts and visual aids.
Lesson One: Teaches you how to portray confidence while facing your fears. You will learn the basic tasks of speech giving and how to engage the audience through your vocal delivery. You will become familiar with your voice by recording and submitting your favorite poem and quote.
Lesson Two: Explains how to analyze and connect with your audience through humor and stories. You will learn more about ethics in speaking. You will demonstrate the basics by recording and submitting your self-introductory speech and outline.
Lesson Three: teaches the different methods of delivery. You will learn how to choose a topic, organize a speech, and how to use nonverbal mannerisms to enhance your message. You will organize, deliver, and submit a recorded impromptu speech and impromptu practice outlines.
Lesson Four: teaches how to research and support your speeches. You will learn how to cite sources while speaking and use visuals aids to support your speech. This lesson will give you a good foundation for the remaining speeches you will give in this class. There is not a recorded speech requirement for this lesson.
Lesson Five: teaches the speech types and organization options for informational speaking. You will submit a full sentence outline with bibliography and recorded informative speech. A visual aid must also be submitted.
Lesson Six: is on the art of persuasion—learning the methods and tools of persuasion. You will submit a full sentence outline with bibliography and recorded persuasive speech. A visual aid must also be submitted and used during the speech.
Lesson Seven: is on argumentation, critical thinking, and building relations with your audience. You will submit a full sentence outline with bibliography and recorded argumentative speech. A visual aid must also be submitted and used during the speech.
Lesson Eight: discusses the use of language. You will rewrite and rerecord your persuasive speech. Submit the changed outline and new recording.
Lesson Nine: teaches speaking for special occasions. For your final assignment you will write and record an after-dinner or tribute speech. You will need to also submit your manuscript.
It’s very important that you submit all of the assignments for a lesson portfolio at the same time. Here’s how to submit your completed assignments:
Remember: Do not submit any lesson portfolio until you have completed all of the assignments for the lesson! Make sure to submit your YouTube link(s) in the comments area.
While you have a full year to complete the course, reminders in your course will help you know how keep a consonant pace. There are no penalties for submitting assignments after these suggested deadlines have passed. It is your responsibility to turn in your recordings in a way that will help you meet your own goals. Assignments are generally graded within 5-8 business days after submission.
There is a grading evaluation rubric for each speech assignment. After listening to your speeches and reviewing your written work, I will assign a grade according to the evaluation forms included at the end of each lesson. Each speech will be given a numerical score and will include personal feedback. There are eight lesson portfolios that will include speech recording(s). Some will require an outline or manuscript, bibliography, or a visual aid (for lessons 5-8). Your speaking assignments are worth 90% of your grade and will be given the following weights when calculating your grade:
|Lesson #||% of Grade|
|Lesson 1 Portfolio - Poem and Quote Reading Assignment Submission||5|
|Lesson 1 Quiz||1|
|Lesson 2 Portfolio - Speech of Introduction Assignment Submission||10|
|Lesson 2 Quiz||1|
|Lesson 3 Portfolio - Impromptu Speech Assignment Submission||10|
|Lesson 3 Quiz||1|
|Lesson 4 Portfolio - Informative Speeches and Sources Assignment Submission||10|
|Lesson 4 Quiz||1|
|Lesson 5 Portfolio - Informative Speech Assignment Submission||10|
|Lesson 5 Quiz||1|
|Lesson 6 Portfolio - Policy Persuasive Speech Assignment Submission||10|
|Lesson 6 Quiz||1|
|Lesson 7 Portfolio - Argumentative Speech Assignment Submission||10|
|Lesson 7 Quiz||1|
|Lesson 8 Portfolio - Argumentative Speech Writing Assignment Submission||15|
|Lesson 8 Quiz||1|
|Lesson 9 Portfolio - Special Occasion Speech Assignment Submission||10|
|Lesson 9 Quiz||2|
There are Speedback quizzes at the end of each lesson. The quizzes contain matching and multiple-choice questions and are processed by computer. Quizzes are worth 10% of your grade. There will not be a midterm or final exam for this course.
Grading will be on a straight percentage scale as follows:
|C+||79-77||E||59 or below|
Lesson One: You and Public Speaking
Lesson Two: Connecting With Your Audience
Lesson Three: Delivering Your Speech with Style
Lesson Four: Researching and Supporting Your Speech
Lesson Five: Informative Speaking
Lesson Six: Persuasion with Passion
Lesson Seven: Argumentation, Critical Thinking, and Ethics
Lesson Eight: The Speaker’s Language
Lesson Nine: Speaking On Special Occasions
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