Effective Public Speaking

Course Code:

Credit Hours:

Effective beginning:



Course Description:
This course covers the preparation and presentation of speeches for business, social and professional occasions. Speech principles and problems will be dealt with in regard to the development and use of the speaking voice.

Course Details


Prerequisite: ENC 1101 or instructor’s approval


Carol Saunders

Dr. Bryan Craven



Required textbooks/ course materials:

Verderber, Rudolph, F. The Challenge of Effective Speaking. 17th edition.  Cengage Learning, 2018. ISBN: 9781337574389


Assignment/course outline:

Weeks 1 & 2
READ and DISCUSS Chapters 1 and 3
DELIVER "Introductory Speech"

Weeks 3 & 4
READ and DISCUSS Chapters 2 and 11
DELIVER and CRITIQUE "Narrative Speech"

Weeks 5, 6 & 7
READ and DISCUSS Chapters 9 and 12
DELIVER and CRITIQUE "Demonstration Speech"

Weeks 8 & 9
READ and DISCUSS Chapters 4,5,6,7, 8 and 12
Library Orientation and research
DELIVER and CRITIQUE "Expository Speech"

Weeks 10 & 11
READ and DISCUSS Chapters 13 and 14
Library research
DELIVER and CRITIQUE "Persuasive Speech"

Weeks 13 & 14
READ and DISCUSS Chapter 15
DELIVER and CRITIQUE "Special Occasion Speech"

Week 15
DELIVER and CRITIQUE "Impromptu Speech"

Ten points will be deducted for late speeches.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SPC 2608 is not a General Education core course.


Course-level learning outcomes:


Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Learn public speaking principles
  • Participate in class discussion
  • Listen carefully and critically to other speakers
  • Use voice to communicate effectively
  • Construct a speaker's outline
  • Use effective wording in speeches
  • Analyze speech audience
  • Develop effective introductions and conclusions
  • Capture and hold listeners' interests
  • Critique and give feedback to other speakers
  • Adapt speech based on audience and instructor feedback
  • Study exemplary speeches of various kinds
  • Gather supporting materials needed to explain, to prove, and to entertain
  • Stand before a group of people and get his or her ideas across to the audience regardless of the members' prejudices, affiliation, etc.
  • Examine various viewpoints on controversial subjects
  • Discuss and debate controversial subjects in an objective, respectful manner
  • Practice courteous audience etiquette
  • Increase self-esteem by increasing confidence in one's ability to communicate with others


Skills Performance and Demonstration, Teacher Observations, Writing Assignments, Reports/Presentations












Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Textbook assignments, class discussions and tests to determine degree of mastery of speech components.

Preparation and delivery of different types of speeches during the term in order to develop oral skills.

Video tapes of all student speeches in order to provide self-critiquing opportunities.

Peer and teacher critiques which point out the good points and points which need correction.

You are expected to attend college sponsored cultural events which involve speakers, story tellers, or performers. These will be assigned as available. Usually only one or two such events are available.

Organization of the Course:

SPEECHES- The course is largely application, a laboratory course. The student learns to speak by speaking frequently.

CRITICAL ANALYSIS BY STUDENTS AND TEACHER- The student will evaluate his own speeches as well as those of other students. These critiques will count as a daily grade. Through critical analysis the instructor will teach the basic speech principles.

CONFERENCES- Periodic conferences between instructors and students will be scheduled as desired. Their purpose is to acquaint the students with his standing in class and to provide him with an opportunity to discuss course work in general with his instructor.


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