Speech (Jr/Sr)

"Weighest thy words before thou givest them breath."
Othello, Act III, sc. 3

This class is divided into two parts: Communication Analysis and Public Speaking.  The goal is to make you the most effective communicator you can be.  Communication skills are highly sought after in the workplace, make this class an opportunity to develop and hone yours!!
Communication Analysis
In this portion of the class we work with a textbook and analyze our behaviors as communicators.  (Why do we do what we do when communicating?  What are my own strengths/weaknesses?)  Quizzes will be at the end of each chapter.  A final test will cover all material.
Public Speaking
In this portion of the class we focus on writing and delivering public addresses.  The point is to overcome shyness and public speaking fobias and develop solid public speaking skills.  All speeches will be videotaped so students can "see" their own stengths and areas for improvement firsthand.  Types of speeches include:  Speech of Appreciation, *Informative/Persuasive Speech, and a Speech of Farewell.
*This speech will be a Power-point presentation

Speech Syllabus


Welcome to Speech 101!  It is the overriding goal of this course to make you aware of your own communication with others, as well as to make you comfortable making speeches in front of audiences.  Half the portion of the course will deal with a textbook study of motivations behind communicative behaviors; the other half will focus on effective public speaking skills.


Points:  Points will be given in a variety of ways.


·        Quizzes – There will be several quizzes in the class.  Either about yesterday’s discussion OR dealing with assigned reading.  Keep your attendance strong or you will miss something.  IF YOU DO MISS A DAY, GET THE NOTES FROM ONE OF YOUR PEERS.


·        Tests – There will be one major “final” over the textbook material.  The other “tests” will be your public speeches.  You will receive an evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses so you can improve.  Some speeches will have “do over” status, so you can deliver them again for a higher grade.


  •  Introduction to Sign Language - Basic sign language instruction (if time allows)

·        Extra Credit – Since this is a communications course, you can get extra points by speaking at public events (delivering a reading in your place of worship, announcing at home sporting events, participation in Coffee House, speaking at a town meeting, etc.).  See me if you’ve got something I didn’t list, it could be worth it!


·        Speeches – The different speeches you shall write and present are as follows:


o       Speech of Appreciation

o       Informative/Persuasive Speech

o       Speech of Farewell 


Below is an outline of the textbook material in the order it shall be covered.



Pg. 86 – Self-concept (what is it, how is it formed)

Pg. 88 – Maslow’s Heirarchy of needs

Pg. 90 – Intrapersonal Comunication

Pg. 92 – Sources of Behavior

Pg. 101 – Self-disclosure (Public, Public/Private, Private), Johari’s Window (4 areas)



Pg. 109 – Interpersonal Communication (What is it?)

-         Levels of Information (Cultural, group, individual)

-         Stereotyping

-         Stages of relationships (the 4 and chars.)

Pg. 123 – The 5 skills needed to build an I’personal r’ship

Pg. 126-130 – (Ways we communicate nonverbally)

            Self Disclosure (what is it, why is it important?)

Pg. 136 – Empathy vs. sympathy (what are they, differences?



Pg. 17 – know all components of communication model

-         what is a channel? Encoding? Decoding?



Pg. 28 – What is perception?

Pg. 29 – 4 causes of differences in perception

Pg. 35 – Verbal Communication

-         Types of Lang. (Tech., sland, regional, obscenity, cultural)

Pg. 64 - How do we include/exclude others nonverbally?

Pg. 75 – Listening (4qualities of a good listener)

Pg. 76 – purposes of listening

Pg. 77 – barriers to listening

Pg. 79 – the 4 active listening traits



Groups vs. crowds (differences and chars.)

Types of groups (social, social/task, task) (diffs and chars of each)

Formal vs. informal groups (diffs and chars of each)

            -subgroups, cliques (what are they, chars?

Pg 160 – why join a group

            -what are norms, without-group pressure, within-group pressure, conformity?

Pg. 170 – the 3 diff. Models of communication (chars of each and example of each)



This outline is subject to change