LAN2950: Public Speaking

05/01/2024 to 05/30/2025 • Modified 05/01/2024

Course Description

This semester-long course will present information, exercises, and example speeches to help students prepare and deliver speeches publicly. Students will learn some basics about research, situation, types of speeches, overcoming anxiety, persuasion, and the audience. Also, students will learn the purpose of public speaking and how it can apply in settings such as school and work.




Module 1: Introduction to Public Speaking

  • Week 1: Benefits, History and Theories of Communication
  • Week 2: The Public Speaking Situation & Speaker Anxiety
  • Week 3: Speaker Anxiety & the Audience
  • Week 4: Speakers & the Audience
  • Week 5: Audience Analysis

Module 2: First Steps in Preparing a Speech

  • Week 6: The First Speech
  • Week 7: Selecting, Developing & Researching Your Topic, Thesis Statement
  • Week 8: Selecting, Developing & Researching Your Topic, Research, Plagiarism, and Sources
  • Week 9: Processing Your Research & Supporting Materials

Module 3: Preparing a Speech

  • Week 10: Organization of Speech Content & Materials; Introductions and Speeches
  • Week 11: Transitions & Conclusions
  • Week 12: Using Language Effectively in Speeches

Module 4: Preparing Your Speech

  • Week 13: Presenting a Speech 
  • Week 14: Presentation Aids Used in Speeches
  • Week 15: Speaking to Inform & to Persuade
  • Week 16: The Ethics of Persuasion

Module 5: Presenting Your Speech

  • Week 17: Speaking to Persuade & for Special Occasions
  • Week 18: Notable Speeches & Final Assignments

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