Public Speaking for the Rhetoric Stage

One-semester course. Students will study the art of public speaking in a variety of forms and, will learn to confidently craft and deliver their own speeches based on audience analysis, quality research and evidence, effective organization, and preparation. Students will study different types of speeches  (informative, demonstrative, persuasive, impromptu, and ceremonial/special occasion), and will create and present their own casual and formal speeches. The class will also focus on how to manage anxiety surrounding public speaking, how to communicate non-verbally, and how to be a critical listener, especially when it comes to persuasive communication. The instructor will strive to create a supportive and fun classroom environment, where students will learn to reflect on their presentations, incorporate listener feedback, and offer constructive criticism to their classmates.

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