- Course type: Self-paced
- Available Lessons: 133
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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About This Course
This self-paced online course goes over topics that you'll likely encounter on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Speech exam. Through the use of this course, you will be able to study the essentials of free speech, legal communication and debates. You'll have the opportunity to practice answering questions similar to the ones you will see on your exam by taking our brief multiple-choice quizzes, chapter exams and final course assessment. The course is taught by expert instructors who use a simplified and engaging teaching style. You can access the course any time that fits your schedule using any device that has a connection to the Internet.
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Syllabus & Course Information
The course content is aligned specifically with the speech topics that you'll need to know on the day of your exam. As you work through the course, you'll improve your public speaking techniques as well as your understanding of rhetorical principles/theories. By the end of the course, you should be equipped to:
- Identify the rules for arguments in democratic societies
- Recognize the components of persuasive, ethical and legal communication
- Explain the fundamentals of U.S. public speaking and debates
- Analyze important speeches in U.S. history
- Discuss the components and legalities of free speech
- Outline the structure of effective speeches
- Utilize communication aids
As you work through the course's 121 lessons, you'll watch engaging lessons that are grouped into 13 topical chapters. The bite-sized nature of the lessons helps you quickly move through the material, and the accompanying practice quizzes help you see how well you understand the speech topics you study.
MTEL Speech (44) Exam Information
The MTEL Speech exam is taken by anyone who is interested in receiving a teaching license in the subject of speech in Massachusetts.
- Number of Questions: 102
- Question Types: Multiple-choice and open-response
- Time Limit: 4 hours
- Exam Cost: $139
MTEL Speech (44) Exam Breakdown
In addition to the subareas listed below, the final 20% of the exam will feature two constructed-response questions that test your ability to analyze some of the topics found throughout the test.
|MTEL Speech Exam Concept||Percent of the MTEL Speech Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|The role of public speech in democratic societies||40%||55-57||86|
Preparing & Registering for the MTEL Speech Exam
These resources provide you with a way of refreshing your memory and practicing without needing a large amount of time. If you need to review specific topics within the video lessons, you can use the timeline located at the bottom of the video. Once you have taken the quizzes, you have the opportunity of reviewing the parts of the videos that explain the correct answers with the provided links. Our lesson transcripts contain vocabulary words to help you further with your studying.
You can register to take the MTEL Speech exam online any time you prefer. You also have the option of making special test arrangements. Please keep in mind test registration does require fees.
Scoring the MTEL Speech Exam
The minimum passing score for the MTEL Speech exam is 240. Points are received for all correct answers. The open-ended questions are scored using a rubric. Scores for the MTEL Speech exam will be available online on one of four score release dates assigned to the time frame in which you took your exam. You also have the option of having them released to you via email. The exam must be completed within four hours, but it is up to you how much time you allocate to each of the three exam subsections.
The Role of Public Speech in Democratic Societies
Percentage of score: 40%
Exam topics covered: Classical to contemporary rhetorical theories, principles, and criticism, public discourse from the past to present day, role of oration and debate in democracy, examination of significant speeches, connection between free speech and democracy, ethical communication and free speech and the problem of ethics and types of media in today's society.
What you'll study: This course's study materials include lessons about the meaning and use of rhetoric; rhetorical principles and speech writing; style, purpose, and audience of a speech; famous speeches and debates in history; definition of freedom of speech, press, and assembly; significant court cases involving free speech; significance of ethical communication; impact of democratic procedures on free speech; ethical rights and standards; definition of copyright laws; plagiarism; bias and media bias.
Percentage of score: 40%
Exam topics covered: Methods for different types of speeches, ways to choose topics and languages, ways to mold speeches for specific places, determination of validity of sources, ways for structuring ideas, strategies for effectively delivering a speech, characteristics and delivery of arguments, policies for debating in different environments, methods and types of persuasion models, correct structure of a persuasive speech and public and private speeches.
What you'll study: This course's lessons include theory of cognitive dissonance, attribution theory, social judgement theory, information processing theory, methods of persuasion, central route and peripheral route to persuasion, Monroe's Motivated Sequence and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs models, methods for persuasive writing, subliminal messages, symbolic speech and ways to develop credibility in your audience's eyes.
Integration of Knowledge and Understanding
Percentage of score: 20%
Exam topics covered: Two open-response items on public speaking and/or the role of public speech in democracies, using information from the preceding content areas
What you'll study: All of the lessons in this study guide will prepare you for this test subsection.
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