Speech Course Syllabus
Public Speaking Today
Units will be presented in the following tentative areas:
Organizing a Speech
Others yet to be announced
I will TRY to give you a sample of each speech or presentation before you are expected to perform.
STANDARDS FOR SPEAKING ASSIGNMENTS:
All speeches (or presentations) must be given on the day assigned. We will use a variety of methods to establish what order you will speak. If you are listed to speak on a given day and you do not show or do not present, you will receive a grade of zero (unless, of course, it is an excused absence). However, if you know you are going to be gone and you do not schedule a different time for your presentation prior to your absence, you will also receive a zero.
All speeches will be worth at least 100 points per oral presentation. Impromptu speeches will be worth less points, and you will be doing fewer of these. For those students who are not natural oral presenters, there will be outlines, test, handouts, and worksheets worth points toward accumulating your grade. Nevertheless, the main points will come from your presentations; consequently, spend time in preparation.
Your grade will be affected by your audience participation. If anyone disturbs the speaker, makes faces, reads, writes, or talks during someone else’s presentation, his or her speech grade will be docked. This not a threat. There have been some excellent speeches given by students who were then rude listeners--in turn, they received an “F” for their efforts. (I do understand some preoccupation with your own presentation if you are preparing to speak the same day.)
Occasionally extra credit is available during class exercises. Two points are also available for typing any assignment which is handed in.
*EVEN THOUGH THIS IS A SPEECH CLASS, I EXPECT YOU TO ANSWER EVERYTHING WITH PROPER GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION, AND COMPLETE SENTENCES. ADDITIONALLY, DO NOT WORK ON ANY OTHER SUBJECT IN SPEECH CLASS UNLESS GIVEN TEACHER PERMISSION.*