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Welcome to THE170!
Overview: This course will introduce the student to methods of creating and performing speeches which result in effective presentations. Via analyzing, reading, discussion, research and presentation, the skills required for successful speech presentations will be practiced.
Some Quick Facts About the Course: This course will utilize videos for you to view, prompt you to create your own videos in order to practice your public speaking skills, require critical thinking in order to reflect on your ownand your peers' work, research for you speeches, and two quizzes based upon the readings and information supplied during the course. Ideally we will also meet 'live' for one intensive day but will work with an alternative to that assignment if it's impossible for you to attend.
Learning Environment: This is an online course. Course structure under the Course Orientation tab explains this in more detail. Resources menu on the left links to important supporting materials as well as to the Blackboard and GoREACT, while the Course Outline menu links to the course lessons. Blackboard, UMS's course management system, will provide the primary communications (e.g., Blackboard, email), and some of the submission tools for this course.
Topics of Study: Building skill and confindence as a pulic speaker via introspection and active assignments
Physical/vocal preparation techniques in order to create confident postural alignment and expressive, communicative gestures, strengthen voice projection, sharpen diction, and utilize emphasis in order to be comfortable presenting to a group;
Applying research and organization to support a topic of presentation;
Empathetic and critical listening skills, (to be empoyed within your peer groups as you provide feedback for one another;
Various styles of speeches will include: Personal introduction, personal event (a life-changing moment), informational (which requires topic research), persuasive (which also requires research with a specific objective identified), and a final evaluation speech.