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Public Speaking

Public Speaking

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

3 semester credits

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  • Category: English and Communication

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Description

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Learn how to research, write, and deliver effective speeches using real-world techniques to demystify and master all elements of public speaking.

Overview
From learning how to create clear, engaging speeches to understanding your audience, this course covers how to prepare, develop, and present your speech effectively and with confidence.

Assessments & Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You'll complete 12 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes), 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests), and 4 Touchstone assessments (these are like assignments, that includes giving a speech) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, you'll have mastered skills that will help you write and give a compelling topical speech, thoughtfully incorporate feedback, improve your listening skills, and minimize anxiety around public speaking.

For more course details and Learning Outcomes, download the syllabus.

Reviews

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19 Student Reviews
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by Janelle J. on April 16, 2018
I am very grateful for this program. I was able to save $700 out of my pocket paying for a public speaking on campus course. This opportunity was excellent and I leaned so much at my pace!!
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by Suzanne L. on April 11, 2018
Good information within the course on presenting and speaking in public. I know I will use this in the future when speaking.
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by Ashley S. on March 29, 2018
This was my first Sophia course and I LOVE it! Directions were very clear and easy to follow. I wish I would have known about this program sooner!!!
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by Graham M. on March 22, 2018
This was a great class on public speaking, it covered not only types of public speeches and layout, but also appropriate speech planning, and rhetoric. The Quizzes were more difficult than I had thought, but they were a great gauge of material comprehension.
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by Andre B. on March 22, 2018
this course was great and very, very helpful. The material was very easy to follow and informative.
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by Annette V. on March 6, 2018
This course is awesome! I would advise anyone who has never taken a public speaking course to take it. Very beneficial.
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by Jacob E. on March 5, 2018
I liked the course; very instructive and at the end it was fun to videotape yourself talking. This way you can see and hear all the errors that needs correction.
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by Nathan W. on February 8, 2018
Outstanding! I highly recommend to anyone that wants to take a methodical approach to learning public speaking. I have been an active Toastmasters member for three years and still enjoyed this course. If you're going to be a powerful and persuasive speaker, you have to build a foundation of rhetoric, understanding your audience, and so on. This course gives you everything you need. I enjoyed the critical thinking processes in touchstones 1&2, and then practicing a speech and getting meaningful feedback in touchstones 3&4.

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  • Q: Does Sophia accept third-party payment for tuition, such as financial aid or military benefits?
    A: Sophia courses are not eligible for most third party payment methods, and must be paid for by credit or debit card. Tuition is due at the time of course registration. Sophia offers both full and partial payment plans as part of the registration process.
  • Q: When do the courses start and how long do I have to complete a course?
    A: You choose your own start date and have 60 days to complete each course. However, because the courses are self-paced, you can complete them in fewer than 60 days.
  • Q: Where do I get the textbooks for my course?
    A: You do not need any textbooks for Sophia courses. All material is taught by video and text-based tutorials that are in the course room, and are included in the cost.
  • Q: How am I graded in the course?
    A: Your overall score is derived from how you do on two types of assessments: Challenges, which are formative assessments, and Milestones, which are summative assessments. Sophia’s English Composition I, Foundations of English Composition, and Public Speaking courses also include written assignments, called Touchstones, that also contribute to your overall score.
  • Q: How do I know which courses I should take?
    A: Consult with your academic adviser at your university to determine specifically which Sophia courses could fit into your program. You can download the course syllabus directly from our site to share with your school advisor.

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