Effective Public Speaking

Course Code:

Credit Hours:

Effective beginning:

001, 002, 003, 004, 005


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


ENC 1101 or instructor’s approval



Dr. Carol Saunders



Required textbooks/ course materials:

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


Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


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:

The course material will be provided through textbook assignments and class discussions. The course is largely application, a laboratory course. The student learns to speak by speaking frequently. Periodic conferences between instructor and students will be scheduled as appropriate. These are designed to effectively communicate to the students their standing in class and to provide them with an opportunity to discuss course work with the instructor.  Instructor and peer critiques will provide beneficial feedback.

Students will:

1) Prepare and deliver various speeches

2) Attend college-sponsored cultural events involving speakers, story tellers, or performers as available

3) Evaluate their own speeches as well as those of classmates

4) Participate in classroom activities

5) Complete Canvas speech modules


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