SPC 2608: Introduction to Public Speaking

Introduction to Public Speaking

The primary purpose of assignments, readings, and activities in Introduction to Public Speaking is to help students develop basic skills and confidence in the art of public speaking. Those skills, and that confidence, rest on understanding communication contexts, audiences, arguments, language, and social influence, as both a speaker and a listener, an understanding that can only be achieved through creative inquiry and issues and critical thinking about communication pragmatics. Beyond preparing you to speak and listen effectively, course assignments, exemplars and discussions help students become aware of the role of speech in our individual and public lives and develop information and data literacy as well as critical appreciation for the practices of public speaking in our social institutions.

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