Listen • Speak • Engage
SJSU, Spring 2010, COMM 20, Public Speaking, Section 10
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SAN JOSÉ STATE UNIVERSITY
Comm 20 Public Speaking, Section 10, Spring 2010
Speaking principles of rhetoric applied to oral communication; selecting, analyzing, adapting, organizing and delivering ideas
Effective public speaking skills are essential for members of a democratic society. In this course, you will develop strategies for
designing well-organized, researched, extemporaneous speeches on topics of social significance adapted to a diverse audience.
The speaking engagements, in-class activities, small group discussions, and speeches allow you to practice and critique your oral
communication skills as well as observe and evaluate those of others. Readings, lectures, written assignments and class discussions
serve as resources for you as you develop your public speaking abilities and become more at ease when addressing an audience.
Course Learning Objectives
After successfully completing this course, you will:
identify and assess socially significant and intellectual topics, then compose and deliver extemporaneous oral presentations
(using note cards or key-word outlines) on those topics,
engage in critical and analytical listening,
analyze audiences, adapt oral presentations to diverse audiences and use that information to accomplish the purpose of the
assume the ethical responsibilities of the public speaker, including basic understanding of the economic, legal and social
issues surrounding the access and use of information.
Sprague, J., Stuart, D., & Bodary, D. (2010).
The speaker’s handbook,
(9th Ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
Department of Communication Studies. (2009).
Communication studies course packet,
Ed.). Mason, OH: Thomson Custom
Kirszner, L. G.
& Mandell, S. R. (2008).
The pocket Wadsworth handbook,
(4th Ed.). Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
A regular access to the Internet and a computer with a text-editing program (e.g., MS Word) and an Adobe Acrobat reader (.pdf files)
is necessary for accessing the course materials. See page 4 for Technology Resources.
Mondays and Wednesdays 1:15-2:15 PM, and by appointment
Mondays and Wednesdays 12:00-1:15 PM
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