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    Oct 21, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Good teacher, very friendly, outgoing, makes class fun. Gives 5 journal assignments, 1 small 3 page essay, 2 tests and we have 3 speeches. Learned how to solve problems we have with other people by communicating and listening.

    Course highlights:

    Teacher is more concerned about content and honesty when giving a speech rather than performance. Learned how to feel comfortable around strangers.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you are shy and don't like to speak in front of people, don't worry too much. Everybody in this class is nervous and terrified also. There is no judgment allowed in class.

    • Fall 2016
    • jack mierop
    • Yes
    • Participation Counts Great Discussions Requires Presentations
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    Aug 09, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Professor Kresse is an amazing teacher. He is really involved with the students and truly wants to see everyone succeed. The class is set up to be in groups of four but also into subgroups of two. The class challenges you to work with others and improve your persuasive skills by debating on topics that are important to you. He provides ideas of topics and will even help you with your research. Overall, the class was a lot of fun and I looked forward to attending it every week.

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    Growing up as a shy kid, it was difficult at first to think that I was going to have to be speaking in front of the entire class and trying to persuade them to vote for my side of the debate, but through every step of the way, my class was there for me, and my professor encouraged me. By giving examples of debates through watching videos, having members of the debate team come by and give a mock debate, and answering questions, it made the class easy.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Don't be lazy when it comes to researching your debate topic. You have to choose something you are really interested in so that the research is easier to do. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions, Doug is there to help and once he knows, he will even start researching your topic and will send you links of what he thinks would be useful. Make sure you choose wisely for your debate partner, it's a team effort so you both have to work hard to help each other win the debate.

    • Spring 2016
    • Douglas Kresse
    • Yes
    • Participation Counts Requires Lots of Research Requires Presentations

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