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Take Public Speaking online at your own pace

Learn how to captivate an audience while managing anxiety with Sophia’s online Public Speaking course. This college-level course can help you knock out your general education requirements.

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Assignments & grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 12 Challenges (formative assessments), 4 Milestones (summative assessments), and 4 Touchstones (project-based or written assessments) with an overall score of 70% or better.

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Learning outcomes

<p>At the end of the course, you'll be able to:</p> <ul><li>Articulate the responsibilities of ethical communication.</li><li>Analyze best practices in effective public speaking.</li><li>Evaluate speech topics, considering focus and audience appropriateness.</li><li>Generate a speech outline, topic, thesis, and main ideas for a speech.</li><li>Conduct research to identify support for a speech topic, evaluating source credibility.</li><li>Identify characteristics of informative, persuasive, and special occasion speeches.</li><li>Prepare speeches on a variety of topics with a range of purposes.</li><li>Differentiate between ethos, pathos, and logos.</li><li>Employ language that is inclusive, accurate, and audience appropriate.</li><li>Analyze the importance of tone, pronunciation, and articulation.</li><li>Identify the impact of nonverbal communication on public speaking.</li><li>Develop audience awareness and perform audience analysis.</li><li>Apply techniques for rehearsing a speech.</li><li>Effectively incorporate visual aids.</li><li>Identify techniques for reducing anxiety and building confidence.</li><li>Develop listening skills.</li></ul>
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