Principles of Speech

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Course Description:
This course is an intensive study of the speech process, designed primarily for English, speech, elementary education and special education majors. Emphasis is on enabling the students to evaluate their own speech; to understand phonetic, physiological, and psychological factors involved in speech; and to establish procedures to follow for personal speech improvement. A study of the International Phonetic Alphabet is included.


Course Details


Carol Saunders



Required textbooks/ course materials:

Curzan, Anne and Michael Adams.  How English Works. 3rd ed., Pearson, 2012.  ISBN: 9780205032280


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SPC 2050 is not a General Education core course.


Course-level learning outcomes:

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Discuss the reasons, methods, and techniques for a more effective and responsive voice through a self-analysis and self improvement practicum.

Discuss the physiological and psychological factors involved in the speech process.

Explain how various parts of the body work together to create human speech.

Develop effective voice and speech through drills and practical exercises.

Transcribe words using the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Practice articulation improvement exercises.

Analyze vocal quality and methods for improvement.

Use rate, volume, tone and stress to improve vocal variety.

Participate in class discussion on topics related to speech and linguistics.     


Skills Demonstrations, Unit Tests, Quizzes, Teacher Observations



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Each student will be expected to read all material assigned in the syllabus.

The instructor will give unannounced and announced tests to help assess students' progress and assign grades.

Each student will participate in class activities and discussions.

The instructor will conduct each class in an orderly, efficient, professional manner.  All of each class period will be composed of a recognizable part of the subject matter of the course, relating to one or more of the objectives.  The instructor will conduct class activities to accomplish the course objectives.  As the instructor is supposed to be the expert on the content of the course, he will assist the students in mastering the content and the desired oral skills by discussing the assigned readings and by providing instructions in how to present the oral presentations.  His evaluation of the finished products will determine each student's grade.

Attendance:  All students are expected to attend all classes.  However, some absences are absolutely necessary due to school functions and personal and family illnesses and emergencies.  If at all possible, notify the teacher in advance of your absence.  If you are absent for any reason, you must arrange with the teacher to make up your work within one week after your return to class.  Otherwise, makeā€‘up will not be allowed which will result in a zero grade.


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