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.

  • ACE Credit®-recommended for 3.0 semester credits

  • 4492 students successfully completed

Course description

Sophia's Public Speaking course will take you through all of the stages of developing a speech, from preparation to rehearsal to presentation. Along the way, you will learn how to become a better listener, manage your anxiety, and incorporate feedback effectively. You will apply your knowledge to analyzing your audience, conducting research, presenting a speech, and revising a speech based on feedback.

Assessments and grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 12 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests), and 4 Touchstone assessments (these are submitted assignments) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

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

Start your free trial today

  • Take the first Challenge of any course
  • Go at your own pace
  • Access anytime, anywhere
  • Confirm your completed courses will transfer

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FAQ

Access the course content through the first Challenge of any of Sophia’s 30+ courses.

Check Sophia’s list of partner schools to see if your school is on the list. If not, contact your registrar to learn about your school’s transfer credit policy and if Sophia coursework can be submitted for transfer.

Sophia course completions do not expire and will be available to submit for transfer when you’re ready. At that time, check with your school’s registrar for their credit transfer policies.

If you’ve completed the first Challenge during your free trial, you can pick up right where you left off after you become a Sophia member.

Don’t worry. Your completed courses won’t disappear if you cancel your membership. Those courses will be there for you when you’re ready to submit for transfer.

If you have an education benefit through your employer, it may cover your subscription to Sophia. Check with your benefits administrator to find out if you qualify.

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An ACE Credit®-recommended learning pathway

Sophia’s ACE Credit®- and DEAC-recommended courses have been accepted for credit at hundreds of colleges and universities.

The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE Credit®) has evaluated and recommended college credit for 33 of Sophia's online courses for college credit. These courses are eligible to transfer to many different colleges and universities.

The DEAC is a national accrediting organization that evaluates distance education curriculum. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education recognize the DEAC as a trusted distance education authority.