Public Speaking

Course Code
ENGL 1910
Margaret Gardiner

Students will learn to prepare and deliver public presentations that resonate with their audience. We will learn techniques for handling speech anxiety, analyzing an audience, organizing and composing an effective argument, and improving diction, projection, and delivery. We will explore the difference between oral and written style, the role of the body, and how to achieve specific goals: speaking to inform, to persuade, and to commemorate. Ample class time will be given for student presentations. Students can expect to practice their speaking skills every day. We begin every class period with physical, vocal, and relaxation exercises. Performance will be evaluated on attendance, engagement in class activities, and two 6-8 minute presentations. Our goal is neither to memorize nor to read these speeches, but to learn the art of extemporaneous delivery.