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Public Speaking

Public Speaking

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. Full Description

3 semester credits

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Category: English and Communication

This course is ACE Credit® recommended for transfer to many different colleges and universities.* Learn more
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Description

Public Speaking

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 & 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.

Sophia's Many Ways™
This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.

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by Travis W. on December 1, 2020
This was an excellent and informative class!
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by Carrie S. on December 1, 2020
This course was very detailed and covered a great deal of materials. Thanks to Sophia for giving me this opportunity to broaden my mind and help me to realize that Public Speaking is much more than standing up and saying a few words.
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by Vicki S. on November 30, 2020
I learned about different types of speeches, how to present them and prepare for them. I really enjoyed this course.
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by DAMION F. on November 29, 2020
Difficult class but completely doable....
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by Kaitlin F. on November 28, 2020
This is the hardest class on Sophia
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by Taynisha G. on November 28, 2020
Wonderful course. This course helped me with speech research and presentation.
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by Tanesha W. on November 28, 2020
This course was good. I was able to read and learn a great deal about public speaking. Doing the actual videos was the challenge for me. Being nervous and fear will have your anxiety levels all messed up. I will continue to go back and reference my notes so that I can continue to practice on my speaking.
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by kennedy L. on November 27, 2020
Awesome way to get ahead!

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  • Q: What does "Try it for Free" mean?

    A: The Free Trial allows you to access the course of your choice, or multiple courses. It gives you access to the first unit ("Challenge 1") in the course. This will let you meet the course instructors, sample the instructional content, and answer a set of assessment questions in the Challenge. You can also read the Student Guide and watch an Orientation Video to learn more about the course format, requirements, and resources.

    Any work you complete in the Free Trial is saved, so if you decide to register, you do not need to repeat it. Of course, we also let you reset it and start over if you wish.

  • Q: Does Sophia accept third-party payment for membership, such as financial aid or military benefits?

    A: Sophia is not a college or university and is not eligible for financial aid, military benefits, or other third-party payments. A Sophia membership is considered an out-of-pocket educational expense.

  • Q: When do the courses start and how long do I have to complete a course?

    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.

  • 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 courseroom, and are included as part of a Sophia membership.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Q: Are the tests proctored?

    A: Sophia courses utilize keyboard biometrics as an alternative to proctoring. No webcam is needed for a Sophia course.

  • 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?

    A: We provide our faculty graders with up to 7 business days to grade a Touchstone. The actual time may vary based on volume and grader capacity.

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