Fall and Winter
This speaking course focuses on developing strategies for making oral presentations in formal and informal academic environments. Students learn about major speech types and accompanying organizational strategies, audience consideration, the use of nonverbal communication, such as appropriate eye contact and hand gestures, developing effective visual aids, effective voice control, methods of clarification, and fielding questions. Pronunciation is addressed as needed. Students also learn how to respond to and comment on others' presentations. Presentations are videotaped and critiqued in small groups and/or individually with the instructor.