Public Speaking

Course Code: 
ENSP 1600
Margaret Gardiner

Through theoretical instruction and practice, students will learn to prepare and deliver public presentations . We will learn techniques for hand ling speech anxiety, analyzing your audience, organizing and composing an effective argument, and improvi ng diction, projection, and delivery . We will also be discussing the difference between oral and written style in language, the role of the body in public speaking, and how to ach ieve specific goals in speeches: speaking to inform, to persuade, to commemorate. Ample class time will be given for student presentations , and students can expect to practice thei r speaking skil ls every day. We will begin every class period with physical, vocal, and relaxation exercises. Grades are based on class attendance, partici pation, and the preparation and delivery of two 6-8 minute presentations. Our goal is neither to memorize nor to read these speeches, but to learn the art of extemporaneous delivery, where a carefully prepared and rehearsed speech seems to arise spontaneously in the moment.