This course provides training and practice in basic principles of effective oral communication through participation in public speaking, group discussion, and oral reading. It emphasizes being at ease in front of, and with, a group, and developing constructive attitudes, organized thinking, proper use of voice and body, and critical listening. In this course, students will develop skills in public speaking, reasoning, critical thinking, and critical listening. This course teaches the effective use of written and spoken forms of communication.
I will be your mentor, coach, and teacher all at once. Lecture will be always followed by activities and hand on exercises that link theory to practice. In my class everyone gets to speak, everyone is heart and mistakes are much needed. We engage in intriguing discussions about just any topic- from birds' migration patterns to humanity's unsung heroes. My pedagogy is based on the Socratic method of questions and answers. We also get to write, research, and think creatively about the history of speech delivery.