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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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Public Speaking

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

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.


179 Student Reviews
by Bridget S. on August 19, 2019
Had I known I would have to do not one but two YouTube video speeches I probably would not have taken this course through Sophia. I hate talking in front of people and I know nothing about putting videos together so when they said to add visual aids I was stumped. I googled and looked on YouTube for how to add visual aids to my video and came up with nothing. I passed the course but only because my milestone scores were high.
by Brianna C. on March 27, 2019
The class was very hard, and very difficult to understand for someone with a social disorder. I am very happy with my Touchstone grader, Evelyn. Her detailed scoring rubric helped me earn 148/150 on the final speech, despite my difficulties!
Sophia replied on March 30, 2019

Way to go Brianna! Congratulations on successfully completing this course!

— Kelly N. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Christopher H. on August 8, 2018
Really cool course. The introductory content about the history of public speaking felt a little out of place (I'll never need to know what time period Cicero was prominent in) but this course constantly made me apply what I had learned in realistic scenarios. I speak to large groups very frequently, and small groups or 1-1 almost daily with strangers in my line of work, and even with all the experience I have, I still came away with a lot of new knowledge. Very refreshing! I'm looking forward to my next 3 courses.
by Melissa S. on November 26, 2018
Decent class, pay attention to feedback with your assignments because they are a big part of the grade.
by Dewey V. on June 19, 2018
A well-developed and effectively presented course of particular benefit to persons with no prior experience in public speaking. Would have received 5 stars if required submissions had been graded more promptly. Highly recommended!
by Miguel R. on November 7, 2018
I enjoyed taking the course and the instructor was very good at leading me to a succesful completion. I wish I could complete a bachelor degree this way. Thank you!!
by Laura D. on July 19, 2019
I really enjoyed the course and I learned a lot from the professors' feedbacks (Monica, Kathy, and Brenda). I will definitely recommend this course to my classmates and friends!!
by Raul D. on July 12, 2019
i had fun making my video. Brenda, was cool, helpful and very patient with with my technical skills. A big thank you to Brenda, and my learning coach Carlee, they are always there to help me. Thank you both for all your help!


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    A: You choose your own course start date and have 60 days from your chosen start date to complete each course. Sophia courses are self-paced, so many students complete a course in less than 60 days.

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  • Q: How am I graded in the course?

    A: Sophia courses are graded on a pass/fail basis, with 70% overall required to pass the course. Your score is based upon points earned in the formative assessments ("Challenges"), summative assessments ("Milestones"), and if applicable, the authentic assessments ("Touchstones"). Currently, our Foundations of English Composition, English Composition I, and Public Speaking courses contain Touchstones.

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  • Q: I'm taking a course where I have to submit Touchstones. How long does it take for my Touchstone to be graded once it's submitted?

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