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Speech 1110 Syllabus

by Candace Cain


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COURSE TITLE:  Public Speaking

PREREQUISITES:  None                                              CO-REQUISITES: None


CATALOG DESCRIPTION:  This course will assist the student to master the skills required of speaking in today’s workplace.  It will focus on the organization, preparation, research, and evidence needed for a presentation that is tailored to fit the audience.  This course will enhance the student’s listening skills which will assist them in everyday situations.

CREDIT HOURS:  3          Lecture: 45          Lab: 0          Clinical-Practicum: 0            Coop: 0

TERM: Fall 2018



Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

            1.  Apply knowledge of the communication process.

2.  Identify and perform skills necessary for selected types of public speeches.

3.  Acquire knowledge of the importance of effective language, voice, gestures and

     presentational aids in public speaking.

4.  Research and organize a variety of speeches.

5.  Incorporate information from outside source(s) ethically, effectively, and


6.  Respond critically to questions raised by readings and speeches.

7.  Listen to, analyze, and evaluate various types of speeches within their cultural



This course fulfills a General Education requirement in Communication for the AA, AS, AA, and ADN degrees.  One goal of the course will be to practice and develop effective communication skills.  Students will effectively articulate ideas through oral and written forms of expression.  They will deliver a purposeful message with appropriate physical presence and vocal variety, and they will write with a sense of purpose, organization, and mechanical correctness.  Progress in this area will be assessed with the following graded assignments: written outline assignments, presentations, communication assessments, embedded test questions, etc.




Title:  Public Speaking:  An Audience-Centered Approach

      Author:  Beebe & Beebe. 

      Publisher:  Allyn and Bacon

      Year:  2009


Title: Concise Public Speaking Handbook. 

      Publisher: Beebe & Beebe. 

      Publisher: Pearson Education.


Students will also need to use a college-level English handbook or public speaking guide that includes academic level citation/documentation styles such as APA, MLA, CMS, or Turabian.


Materials Requested: Notebook for journal, Three ring notebook and a USB Flash Drive.





1.         Describe and explain the basic speech communication models.

2.         Define the role of the public speaker in relationship to the audience, the content of the speech, and the purpose of the speech.

3.         Describe and participate in the process of preparing and presenting speeches.

4.         Differentiate between and apply as appropriate for the speaking situation the various delivery methods: speaking extemporaneously (i.e. prepared and practiced in advance), speaking impromptu (i.e. spontaneously without preparation or notes), reading from a manuscript, and reciting from memory.

5.         Prepare a preparation outline and/or speaking outline including a reference list using APA or MLA citation style.

6.         Cite sources orally when delivering the speech.

7.         Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability with the available technology in the public speaking context.

8.         Demonstrate the appropriate use of presentational aids while speaking.

9.         Apply listening skills that assist the communication process.

10.       Critically evaluate the public discourse of others with awareness of cultural context.

11.       Demonstrate professionalism and tolerance for opposing viewpoints.





1.         Basic Communication Principles.

2.         Topic Selection and Audience Analysis

3.         Arts of Expression and Listening

4.         Organizational Structure

5.         Using Visual Aids

6.         Delivery Aids and Pitfalls

7.         Informative Speaking

8.         Persuasive Speaking

9.         Finding and Using Sources/Support Material

10.       Using Academic Citation

11.       Evaluation Techniques

12.       Varieties of Speaking Occasions

13.       Dynamics of Group Work

14.       3 Bag Speech

15.       Memorized Self Speech

16.       Community Contest Speech

17.       One group project with Movie Make Project with a Place Based Theme

18.       One Solo project with Movie Maker

19.       Serious or Humorous Prose

20.       Single Poem Memorized

21.       Three Poem Speech

22.       Famous Speech Evaluation Paper

23.       Interview Speech

24.       Independent Speech Project- For this project try to prepare a speech that will work in a setting such as FFA, FCCLA, American Legion Oratorical or Other


Students will have the opportunity to participate in speech contests.




                        Speech to Perform                                                                   Textbook Chapter

Week 1:           Three Bag Speech                                                                   Chapter 1

Week 2            and Self Speech                                                                      Chapter 2

Week 3            First Try Memorized Poem                                                     Chapter 3

Week 4            Three Poem with Transitions                                                  Chapter 4

Week 5            Community Contest Speech                                                   Chapter 5

Week 6            Poster Unit                                                                              Chapter 6

Week 7            Informative                                                                             Chapter 7

Week 8            Second Try Memorized Poem                                                Chapter 8

Week 9            Impromptu                                                                              Chapter 9

Week 10          Group Movie Maker Project with                                           Chapter 10

                        Place Based Theme                                                                 Chapter 11

Week 11          Work Week                                                                             Chapter 12

Week 12          Persuasive                                                                               Chapter 13

Week 13          Work Week                                                                             Chapter 14

Week 14          Humorous or Serious Prose                                                     Chapter 15

Week 15          Solo Project with Movie Maker                                              Chapter 17

Week 16          Major Researched Speech and Interview Speech                   Chapter 18

Week 17:         Famous Speech Evaluation                                                    

                        Third Try Memorized Poem                                                   

Week 18:         Independent Speech Project                                                   Semester Test and Evaluation


DAILY SCHEDULE:                        (Hour and a half class time)

Cover Textbook Content

Daily Speech Warm-up

Give Speeches as needed

Speech Check in, Writing Time, or Time to Peer Practice 




A.        General Course Requirements:


1.         Deliver a minimum of one formal informative speech.

2.         Deliver a minimum of one formal persuasive speech.

3.         Deliver a minimum of one major researched presentation according to instructor’s preference (examples may include: informative, persuasive, entertainment, debate, group presentation, partner presentation, etc.)

4.         Additional minor presentation types to include practice speeches, impromptu speeches, panel/group speeches, and manuscript speeches determined by instructor.


.Requirements for the Major Speeches

  1. A typed, full content outline and reference page will be handed in the day of your speech.  Along with the hardcopy, each outline and reference page must also be submitted on a disk.
  2. Use and verbal citation of three (event/place speech), four (speech of definition), and six (persuasive) sources per speech.
  3. Peer evaluations will be completed in class.
  4. For each presentation, you may use three notecards. 
  5. Time limits will be set for each presentation.  Points will be deducted for being under or going over time.
  6. One visual aid will be required for the first two speeches. Each visual aid will be graded on an ACF scale.  If you do not meet the visual aid requirement, you will receive an F.  If you have a visual aid, but it does not meet the guidelines we will discuss, you will receive a C.  If you meet the visual aid requirement and follow the guidelines, you will receive an A.
  7. An interview or survey must be completed for the persuasive speech.  Again, this will be graded on an ACF scale.
  8. I must OK your topic ahead of time.


Requirements for Minor Speeches

  1. Two special occasion speeches will also be given in class.  Very limited         preparation may be required.

2.  A one-minute minimum time limit will be set for each special occasion speech.

3.  No sources will be required for these minor speeches.


B.        Other requirements as determined by instructor/college:      



Class Rules:

1.     Bring all materials with you: notebook, portfolio, writing utensil, etc.

2.     Exercise RESPECT: for the material, facility, others, and the instructor. Do not exclude, make fun of

people, or use put down.

3.     Be considerate.  During class be a considerate speaker as well as a member of the audience.  This

includes your topic selection, language, and content.  A speech that puts dugs, alcohol, sex, racism

and other related topics in a humorous light will be given a zero.  Show support to all class


4.     Be prepared.   Have your work done on time and be prepared to speak on your presentation date.


Read all the chapters as assigned.  Lectures may NOT mirror the assigned readings so it is up to YOU to complete course reading within the recommended time frame.  You will be tested over all readings.


Please clean up after yourselves.  Many students will use the classroom during the day put things neatly away when you are done with them.  If an item is running low please inform the teacher.


Tardies: The first unexcused tardy is a verbal warning; the second tardy will result in time after school; and the third or more will be points off your participation grade.


Passes:  Hall passes are privileges and are only to be used in emergency situations. Please take care of restroom and drink breaks during passing time. Passes will not be signed the first and last 10 minutes of class, during student presentations, in lecture situations or while I am involved in individual instruction. Before you ask me to sign a pass, please write the destination, my room number, and the time. 


Portfolio:  Students are expected to keep a portfolio for this course.  This should consist of a three-ring binder that accompanies the student at all times.  This will contain class notes, handouts, speeches and critiques; the safest bet is to keep EVERYTHING. It will help you on the semester test and other assignments.


Makeup/Late Work:  You are responsible for gathering any missed lecture notes or handouts, as well as scheduling a time to make up quizzes, tests or performances.  All work must be made up within two school days for each day missed or the student will receive zero (0) points for that assignment. Late homework will only be accepted the following day with a 50% deduction for tardiness off the grade. In-class work or activities are due during that period without exception. Students gone on school related activities should try to hand in work ahead of time or make an arrangement with the teacher.


Grading:  Public speaking is difficult; something made easier by continued practice.  Therefore, you are expected to participate fully in all activities and projects, whether individual or group.  You are also expected to present your performance on the day assigned.  Failing to do so will result in an automatic 50% deduction from your grade.  Self- and peer-evaluations will also be a component of this course. Plagiarism of speeches will not be tolerated! Doing so will result in a zero for the assignment and no option to redo. If a students is caught cheating on an assignment they will get a zero and then redo the assignment for a maximum of 50%. 




This course is structured to promote communication.  You will learn through practice as a public speaker.  The class will be taught using a variety of teaching methods including:  lectures, small and large discussion groups, collaborative projects, guest speakers, research, peer response and evaluation, journals, essays, conferences, computer-assisted instruction, interactive/creative methods, multi-media field.



Course grades will be based on class and group participation, daily work, revisions, final drafts, and/or portfolio.  Instructors will distribute and discuss evaluation and grading policies with their students at the beginning/during the term.

95 – 100 A+

90 – 94 A

85 – 89 B+

80 – 84 B

75 – 79 C+

70 – 74 C

65 – 69 D+

60 – 64 D

Below 60 F


Your final grade will be figured using the following

40% Solo Speeches

20% Group Projects

15% Daily Projects

25% Tests

Extra Credit:  There will be opportunities for extra credit.  All assignments must be completed to do extra credit.



Teacher: Miss Candace Cain                  

Work Email: ccain@esu10.org

Work Phone 308-346-4150                       

Home Email: candycandycain@hotmail.com

Home Phone: 308-346-5508


I hope that this will be a fun and educational class for you all.  This class will cover a variety of aspects that relate to oral communications. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you be successful in this class.


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