To apply the basic communication process to all communication situations in your business and everyday life.
To use the tools to successful speech preparation.
To speak confidently and effectively in a public speaking situation.
To provide the student with practical training in delivery of public speeches.
To use effective communication skills in social and business situations.
SPEECH PRESENTATIONS: To pass the course you must present all of the following speeches.
No late preparation outlines accepted. No exceptions.
10:30 a.m. Thurs. May 9. Work is not an excuse. If you fail to come to class that day you will receive an “F” in the course.
Tests: Three chapter tests that will cover the lectures and reading assignments. Quizzes are given periodically over reading assignments.
Class participation: 15%
Tests, quizzes, group exercises, assignments, intro speech: 40%
Informative speech: 20%
Persuasive speech: 25%
CLASS PARTICIPATION: You are allowed to make up a test or a speech presentation ONLY if you call before class. More than 4 absences, excused or unexcused, and you will be asked to drop the class IF it is prior to the final drop day. If upon being absent for the fifth time, it is after the final drop day, you will be dropped from the class with a course grade of “F” assigned. The last day to drop classes is March 18 by 4:00 p.m.
Social justice is one of MSU’s stated core values, and the professor considers the classroom to be a place where students will be treated with respect as human being, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Moreover, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided the students can agree to disagree. It is the professor’s expectation that ALL students be able to consider the classroom a safe environment.
---Part of learning how to become a more effective communicator is learning to be an effective listener. A major part of class participation is giving your classmates your full attention when they are speaking. Failure to do so lowers your class participation grade.
---If you are late to class the day we are presenting speeches, please wait for the speaker to finish their speech before entering the classroom and finding a seat.
---If I judge your behavior to be disruptive to other student’s learning I will drop you from the course. “Disruptive behavior” includes text messaging, talking on your cell phone, listening to your music, sleeping, use of abusive or profane language, or any other behavior that I perceive to be disruptive.
---Please turn off your cell phone and put it away as you enter the classroom.
---Please be respectful of the classroom environment and modify your language accordingly. Use of profane, the F-bomb, or any language that denigrates another person or another group of people will not be tolerated and you will be dropped from the course.
---If your cell phone rings in class: I get to answer it. If it rings in class a second time, I get to answer it and you get to drop the course.
---Often, we have class discussions. Please respect other students’ comments, opinions, and ideas. Raise your hand to speak and wait for the speaker to finish their point. You do not have to agree with what they are saying, but you should agree with their right to say it.
1. I reserve the right to adjust or cancel assignments as the course progresses.
2. You receive two grades for each speech. One letter grade includes an evaluation of delivery and the other letter grade includes an evaluation of the research, organization, topic choice and presentation style.
3. If you read your speech from a manuscript the highest delivery grade you may receive is a C. If you continue to read your speech, this will only lower this grade of C.
4. You will need note cards to use in delivery of your speeches.
5. Time limits are very important to adhere to in any public speaking situation. If your speech is under 6 minutes or you “stretch” an insufficiently supported speech it will lower your research/preparation grade by at least one letter grade. There is a 1minute grace period over the 7 minute limit.
6. If you are late to class, it is your responsibility to see me after class to guarantee you have not been counted as absent for the day.
7. NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS ACCEPTED. NO EXCEPTION. YOUR PREPARATION OUTLINE FOR THE INFORMATIVE AND PERSUASIVE SPEECHES ARE DUE ON YOUR ASSIGNED SPEAKING DAY.
8. No video presentations. We do not have the ability to present power point in this course unless you provide a laptop. Please check out the wireless system in this room days before you are to present your speech. The studio theatre has no wireless capabilities.