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2021 Spring

PUBLIC SPEAKING - COM110 Spring 2021

Mary Angiolillo
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Course Contents:
The communication process, listening, impromptu speeches; freeing the voice and body, listening, outlining; personal experience speech; organizational patterns, beginning and ending speeches; delivering another person’s speech from an outline; informative speech; persuasive speaking, appeals, Maslow‘s hierarchy of needs; audience analysis, reasoning with evidence and argument, Monroe pattern for persuasion; effective communication in groups.

Here is the course outline:

1. Session on February 9

Feb 9

We will go through course expectations and briefly introduce ourselves. For those in class, we will do some exercises in "immediacy," being careful to keep social distance.

2. Session on February 16

Feb 16

We will explore the communication process in an interactive way. Class members will give speeches introducing each other. Personal experience speeches are assigned for next week.

3. Class on February 23

Feb 23

We will share and respond to personal experience speeches.

4. Session on March 2

Mar 2

We will explore organizational patterns that work for giving informative speeches. Impromptu speeches will be made in small groups to illustrate these.

5. Session on March 9

Mar 9

We will explore techniques for making introductions and conclusions. The first test will be given in class.

6. Session on March 16th

Mar 16

We will present informative speeches to each other, teaching each other about something that we didn't already know.

7. Session on March 23rd

Mar 23

We will prepare for demonstration speeches in class, examining how to use presentational aids.

8. Session on March 30th

Mar 30

We will present demonstration speeches in class, teaching how to do or make something; or showing how something works using visual aids

9. Session on Apr.13

Apr 13

Demonstration speeches.

10. Session on Apr.20

Apr 20

We start unit on persuasion, examining how it works and looking closely at the Monroe Motivated sequence organization pattern for persuasive speeches.

11. Session on Apr.27

Apr 27

We will continue to examine persuasion, looking at types of reasoning used in argument as well as logical fallacies. We will role play positive and negative roles one can hold in group discussions. We will look at examples of persuasive speeches

12. Session on May 4

May 4

Consultations for/Possible Presentations of Persuasive speeches. Tedtalk assignment explained and modeled. Second Test is taken. Some students opt to give persuasive speeches.

13. Session on May 11

May 11

Persuasive Speeches are presented and critiqued in class. Students prepare to analyze Ted talks the following week.

14. Session on May 18

May 18

We will share Ted talks that we have found and liked and explain to each other what makes them so effective.

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