Fundamentals of Speaking
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Eligible to take ENG courses at HFC.
Catalog Course Description
Explores how to develop oral communication skills through practice in extemporaneous speaking.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
To improve speech skills needed in social, work and public communication situations.
Core Course Topics
- Basic communication concepts, models, and terms.
- Types of listening and development of listening skills.
- Public speaking apprehension and methods to deal with speech anxiety and confidence building.
- Audience analysis and appreciation of diversity.
- Speech topic and purpose selection.
- Speech outlines.
- Types of supporting material, and its selection, evaluation and use.
- Speech organizational patterns.
- Presentation aids - types, design, preparation, and use.
- Speech delivery methods, modes, and techniques (voice, face, gestures, and movement).*
- Ethics of public speaking and listening.
- Research skills.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
- Describe basic communication concepts, models, and terms.
- Successfully analyze listening expectations and responses.
- Develop poise and gain confidence.
- Gain awareness of personal speech habits and characteristics.
- Successfully analyze audience expectations and responses, particularly in situations of diversity.
- Distinguish between good and poor topic selection.
- Logically and effectively organize main points of a topic.
- Identify, gather, evaluate, and use appropriate supporting material for speeches.
- Analyze and critique various speech techniques and organizational patterns, content, and purpose, and understand strengths and weaknesses.
- Design, prepare and use presentation aids.
- Exercise proper delivery methods, modes, and techniques (voice, face, gestures, movement).
- Analyze the ethics of public speaking and listening, and the impact it can have on others.
- Develop speaking notes and proper bibliographies through successful research.
Assessment and Requirements
Assessment of Academic Achievement
- Speaking Projects: 2-5 informal speeches, 2-3 formal speeches, academically researched, Types may include: informative, persuasive, or other, in an extemporaneous (or other ) style of delivery.
- Tests/Examinations/Quizzes: 2-4 quizzes, final examination (written and/or oral).
- Speech analysis/evaluation
- Reports and Journals are optional.
General Education Categories
- English Composition or Communications
- Humanities and Fine Arts
- Critical Thinking and Information Literacy
- Category 2: English Composition or Communications
- Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Satisfies Wellness Requirement
Credit for Prior College-Level Learning