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Start Here: Teaching Public Speaking

This semester-long course is designed for students new to public speaking and oral communications.

The first half is a scaffolded approach, giving students a foundation in oral communications principles and successful experiences with quick speeches in front of the class or in small groups.

This course covers the fundamentals of public speaking rather than focusing on teaching specific competitive NSDA events.  

Students Will Be Able To:

  • Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning. 
  • Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
  • Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks by utilizing nonverbal communication, vocabulary, and the tone, rate, volume, and pitch of their voice.
  • Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
  • Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any fallacious reasoning or exaggerated or distorted evidence. 


INTRODUCTORY UNIT: LESSON 1-10 – Introduction to terminology, communication apprehension, listening, first speech experiences SL 9-10.1, SL 9-10.2, SL 9-10.3, SL 9-10.4, SL 9-10.6
POETRY OUT LOUD (IF VERSE COMES TO VERSE): LESSON 11-15 – Beginning eye contact and vocal variety (paralanguage), poise SL 9-10.6
NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION: LESSON 16-19 – Communications without words, listening SL 9-10.1, SL 9-10.4
DISCUSSION: LESSON 20 – Listening, observing, discussing SL 9-10.1, SL 9-10.3
YOU IN A BOX SPEECH: LESSON 21 – Organization and poise SL 9-10.4, SL 9-10.6
MLA OVERVIEW: LESSON 22 – Research documentation orientation SL 9-10.2, SL 9-10.4
DEMONSTRATION (HOW-TO/PROCESS) SPEECH: LESSON 23 – Putting it all together plus ethical listening SL 9-10.2, SL 9-10.3, SL 9-10.4, SL 9-10.6
THE GREAT DEBATERS: LESSON 24 – Organization and documentation review SL 9-10.1, SL 9-10-2, SL 9-10.3, SL 9-10.4, SL 9-10.6
RECOMMENDATION SPEECH: LESSON 25 – MLA review, organization, paralanguage, gesture/movement, eye contact, media integration, presentational software All six standards
INTRAPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: LESSON 26 – Review of organization and delivery, advanced delivery, self-awareness and goal-setting for growth SL 9-10.4, SL 9-10.6
DECLAMATION: LESSON 27 – Audience analysis, paralanguage, gesture/movement, eye contact, vocal variety, listening, poise SL 9-10.1, SL 9-10-2, SL 9-10.3, SL 9-10.4, SL 9-10.6

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