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2022 Spring

PUBLIC SPEAKING - COM110 Spring 2022

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 1 on Feb. 10

Feb 10

We will go through course expectations and briefly introduce ourselves. For those in class, we will do some exercises in "immediacy."

2. Session 2 on Feb. 17

Feb 17

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

3. Session 3 - Personal Experience

Feb 24

We will share and respond to personal experience speeches.

4. Session 4

Mar 3

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

5. Session 5

Mar 10

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

6. Session 6

Mar 17

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

7. Session 7

Mar 24

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

8. Session 8 (after break, on April 7)

Apr 7

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

9. Session 9

Apr 14

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

10. Session 10

Apr 21

Persuasion continued. We will look at examples of persuasive speeches. Test on chapters 10, 11, 14, 15 (chapters on presentational aids, delivery, and the two chapters on persuasion)

11. Session 11

Apr 28

We will role play positive and negative roles one can hold in group discussions. Some students will present their persuasive speech. Ted talk assignments could also be presented at this time.

12. Session 12

May 5

Persuasive speeches presented.

13. Session 13

May 12

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

14. Session 14

May 19

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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