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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1What Is Public Speaking and Why Do I Need to Do It?
Course SummaryThis Public Speaking Syllabus Resource and Lesson Plans course is a fully developed resource to help you teach public speaking. You can easily adapt the video lessons, transcripts, and quizzes to take full advantage of the comprehensive and engaging material we offer. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.
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You can use this public speaking course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of public speaking, from analyzing an audience to researching a speech and rhetorical proof. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific public speaking course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like the history, process or purpose of public speaking. Each one is often appropriate for a single class.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your syllabus, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on types of listening includes key terms like comprehensive, critical, emphatic and pseudo-appreciative listening.
As you work on your public speaking plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like choosing a speech thesis if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like the languages and styles associated with public speech.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from the anxiety caused by public speaking to the fine art of persuasive speech can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on audience-centered speech? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about the difference between hearing and listening, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on researching a speech, you can point your students to the transcripts on primary and secondary research, citations and the use of search engines.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from understanding patterns of organization to good diction.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on nonverbal communication? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: What are the four ways of delivering a speech?
Below is a sketch of the Public Speaking syllabus modeled on a 14-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||Introduction to Public Speaking||The benefits of public speaking, communication processes, ethical speaking and categories of speeches|
|Week 2||Analyzing Your Audience||Adapting to audiences, evaluation techniques and listener needs|
|Week 3||Listening and Feedback||Improving listening and note-taking skills, the four stages of listening and the different types of listening|
|Week 4||Selecting the Topic, Purpose and Thesis of Your Speech||General and specific purpose speeches, developing a thesis and timed speeches|
|Week 5||Researching the Speech||Research strategies and types, source reliability and supporting materials|
|Week 6||Organizing the Speech||Organizational patterns for informative and persuasive speeches, main ideas and supporting ideas|
|Week 7||Outlining the Speech||Introduction, body and conclusion of a speech|
|Week 8||Language and Style||Inclusive and vivid language, diction and speaking styles|
|Week 9||Speech Delivery||Four categories of speech delivery, nonverbal communication, pronunciation and speech rehearsal|
|Week 10||Selecting and Incorporating Visual Supports||Advantages and disadvantages of PowerPoint, copyright and fair use issues and preparing visual aids|
|Week 11||Types of Speeches||Informative, persuasive and special occasion speeches|
|Week 12||Reasoning and Rhetorical Proof||Significance of ethos, logos and pathos; persuasive speech and types of reasoning|
|Week 13||Speech Evaluation||Why evaluating speeches is important, assessing yourself as a speaker and assessing the speaking abilities of others|
|Week 14||Preparing For Your Impromptu Speech||Developing, preparing and making an impromptu speech on short notice|
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