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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: Communication

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Description

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Sophia's Public Speaking course uses problem­-based learning that shows you how to apply your knowledge in real­-world situations. Our Many Ways™ learning model features a range of instructional materials to support your individual learning preference. This rich, immersive experience helps you better understand and retain information, for an all­-around smarter way to learn.

In this course, you will complete a series of assessments comprised of 12 Challenge assessments, 4 Milestone assessments, and 4 Touchstone assessments tied to the following learning outcomes:

  • Articulate the responsibilities of ethical communication.
  • Examine the history of public speaking and rhetoric.
  • Analyze best practices in effective public speaking.
  • Evaluate speech topics, considering focus and audience appropriateness.
  • Generate a speech outline.
  • Generate a topic, thesis, and main ideas for a speech.
  • Write effective introductions, conclusions, and transitions for speeches.
  • Conduct research to identify support for a speech topic, evaluating source credibility.
  • Effectively utilize supporting evidence in a speech.
  • 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.

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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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