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Effective Term:
Spring 2014 through Winter 2015

Course Number:
COMM 111
Course Title:
Public Speaking
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Course Description

Introduces speechmaking based primarily on a traditional public speaking approach. Covers classical rhetorical theory and highlights rhetoric's importance to public speaking. Develops theoretical understanding and practical application of oral communication skills. Includes techniques in controlling speech anxiety, how to structure and organize information to present to a variety of audiences, and physical and vocal delivery skills. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  1. Use learned public speaking skills in order to present an effective and efficient message.
  2. Use an understanding of the 5 canons of rhetoric to create and present effective speeches.
  3. Provide skills for community leadership through increased practice in organization and presentation of ideas.
  4. Make responsible decisions through the increased ability to critically examine ideas and information.
  5. Use strategies and skills to manage communication anxiety.
  6. Use knowledge of digital presentation tools to create and present effective presentations.

Integrative Learning

Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to reflect on one’s work or competencies to make connections between course content and lived experience.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Students will deliver at least three (3) formal oral instructor-graded presentations before an audience in the classroom. “Formal” means prepared, researched, structured. This excludes such “speeches” as self-introductions, “my favorite things” speeches, “my least favorite things” type of speeches.
  • At least one of the required speeches will be an informative speech and at least one will be a persuasive speech.
  • Students will critically analyze oral presentations and express understanding via written and/or oral formats.
  • Other forms of assessment may include:
    • Examinations
    • Essays
    • Journals
    • Research papers
    • Portfolios
    • In-class participation
    • Group projects
    • Peer evaluations
    • Service learning
    • Observations

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes", Concepts, and Issues:

  • Rhetorical theory & analysis
  • Creating the Public Speech
    • (thesis", content, organization, outlining)
  • Different types of speeches
    • (informative", persuasive, impromptu speaking, etc.)
  • Audience Analysis
  • Language Usage
  • Delivery
  • Active Listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication Anxiety

Competencies and Skills:

I.  Speakers

A.  Determine the purpose of the speech as appropriate to the speaking context.
B.  Choose a topic and restrict/narrow it according to the purpose, audience, and time constraints. 
C.  Formulate and use a proper thesis statement.
D.  Provide adequate and credible supporting material that is appropriate based on the topic, audience setting and purpose. Demonstrate awareness of available types of support.
E.  Select a suitable organizational pattern that is appropriate to the topic, audience, context, and purpose. Demonstrate awareness of alternative organizational patterns and their functions.
F.  Demonstrate careful choice of words. Select words appropriate to the topic, audience, purpose, context, and speaker, while avoiding words that express prejudice. Demonstrate appropriate grammar and intelligible pronunciation. Demonstrate the effective use of appropriate technical vocabularies, slang, idiomatic language, and regionalisms. Present speeches using an extemporaneous style.
G.  Provide effective transitions that, establish connectedness, signal movement from one idea to another, and clarify relationships among ideas.
H.  Employ vocal variety in rate, pitch, and intensity. Demonstrate vocal variety as suitable to the message, occasion, and audience.
I.  Demonstrate appropriate nonverbal behavior that supports the verbal message.

II.  Listeners-

A.  Attend with open minds.
B.  Recognize and recall main ideas.
C.  Identify supporting details.
D.  Distinguish between emotional and logical arguments.
E.  Examine whether asserted relationships exist between ideas.        
F.  Detect bias and prejudice- recognize and appreciate the effects of personal, ideological, and emotional biases on the message.
G.  Synthesize and evaluate information by drawing logical inferences and conclusions.
H.  Recognize discrepancies between the speaker’s verbal and nonverbal messages.
I.  Be an active participant during other student’s speeches through being attentive and providing appropriate nonverbal feedback to the speaker. 

A textbook is required. Suggested texts (list). Alternative texts need Dept. or SAC chair approval.

The Art of Public Speaking, Lucas

Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach, Beebe & Beebe

Speaker’s Handbook, Sprague, Stuart & Bodary

Mastering Public Speaking: The Handbook, Grice & Skinner; Pearson

Mastering Public Speaking 8th edition, Pearson

Public Speaking, Osborn and Osborn

A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking, O'Hair, Rubenstein & Stewart. Bedford/St. Martin's

**Alternate textbooks may be used with prior SAC approval.

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