COMM 1A: PUBLIC SPEAKING
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Hours:||5 lecture per week (60 total per quarter)|
|Advisory:||Demonstrated proficiency in English by placement via multiple measures OR through an equivalent placement process OR completion of ESLL 125 & ESLL 249; not open to students with credit in COMM 1AH or SPCH 1A.|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Foothill GE:||Area V: Communication & Analytical Thinking|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)|
Student Learning Outcomes
- A successful student will be able to organize strategies for successful oral presentations.
- A successful student will be able to clearly evaluate oral presentations.
The student will be able to:
A. Investigate the process and nature of oral communication.
B. Gain experience in the presentation and evaluation of public communication presentations.
C. Organize and plan speeches for a variety of purposes, including narrative, informative, persuasive and special occasions.
D. Utilize supportive materials, such as visual aids and documentation.
E. Practice audience analysis with emphasis on cultural, gender and generational diversity.
A. Oral communication theory
1. Common characteristics of the public speaking process
2. The competent communicator's view of cultural diversity as a communication opportunity
3. The effects of mass communication on modern rhetorical theory
B. Critical evaluation of speech presentations
1. Self-analysis through use of at least one video-taped speech
2. Peer evaluations of student speeches
3. Instructor evaluations
C. Organization and planning of the speech performance
1. Traditional patterns of organization to include Dewey's motivated sequence
2. Effective introductions and conclusions
3. Oral communication skills
4. Outlining techniques
D. Use of supporting materials
1. Visual aids
2. Documentation and support of claims
E. Practice audience analysis with emphasis on diversity
1. Analysis of audience belief and value structures in terms of cultural and societal influences
2. Consideration of cultural, gender, and generational elements when planning inspirational and motivational speech strategies
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
Method(s) of Evaluation
A. Five speech presentations in front of an audience, including the narrative, informative, and persuasive formats.
B. Formal written outlines for speeches, including thesis or claim statement, supporting ideas or arguments, evidence, and full citations.
C. Submission of assignments, including peer evaluation and critique.
D. Exams on course material.
Method(s) of Instruction
Lecture, discussion, cooperative learning exercises, self-paced, field work, oral presentations, electronic discussions/chat, independent study, demonstration, internship/preceptorship, community service, field trips.
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Beebe, Stephen A., and Susan J. Beebe. Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach. 10th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2017.
Fujishin, Randy. The Natural Speaker. 9th ed. MA: Pearson, 2018.
Jaffe, Clella. Public Speaking: Concepts and Skills for a Diverse Society. 8th ed. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2016.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
A. Weekly chapter reading assignments from textbook, as well as outside sources, ranging from 20-40 pages per week.
B. Written speech outlines, essays in response to lectures, class discussions and exercises, textbook assignments and written tests based on course material.