El Camino College

Speech Communication

Speech One-Basic Speech  Dr. Mark Crossman

Speech One
Dr. Mark Crossman


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Speech One-The Basic Course

Objectives and Pedagogy

This course attempts to help you to develop verbal presentation skills.  We will work on the invention and the delivery of prepared speeches, as well as other components of the public speaking discipline.  The goal is to make you more skilled and comfortable when speaking in front of an audience.

I view this course as more vocational than theoretical.  The theoretical content of the course is fairly simple.  Rather than testing your ability to memorize facts, I am far more concerned with how well you can stand up in front of an audience and speak with confidence.  There is a substantial body of research that shows that people who speak well make more money and enjoy greater career success than their timid colleagues.  As a consequence, you will be speaking a lot more than I will in this class.

The course is probably the most helpful for individuals with little to moderate public speaking experience.  Advanced speakers may find the course remedial.  No real experience is, therefore, required.  I will be evaluating your delivery in this course.  Consequently, I must be able to clearly understand you. Students who are having major challenges with articulation are strongly encouraged to take Speech Seven (voice and articulation) before attempting this course.

Assignment Value

Informative Speech-15 points possible

Persuasive Speech-20 points possible

Extemporaneous Speech-20 points possible

Debate-15 points possible

Final-20 points possible

Speaker’s Forum-5 points

Impromptu Speeches-(2 worth 2.5 points each)


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Course Policies

Attendance: You get three free class periods without a point deduction (day section) or two free class periods (night section).  Subsequent missed class periods result in a five point deduction per absence.  If you are unable to speak on your assigned day, you may perform on the next class period (pass). Passing however will cost you 5 points for each day you pass.  No one may pass the last day that a speech is assigned. If, therefore, you are scheduled on the last day and foresee not being able to perform, volunteer to speak early. Once a speech down to half credit, you must do the speech on the make up day at the end of the semester. If you missed your assigned debate day, you can read the brief on the make up day for 7 points.

Bailing Out:  If you choose to drop the course, you must do it yourself.

Special Needs: Students requiring accommodation under the ADA are responsible for arranging those accommodations with the appropriate parties, prior to the event in question.

Etiquette, Cell phones: If for some reason you are late, wait until a speaker has finished before entering.  Avoid speaking, unzipping backpacks, etc., while others are speaking.  I know it is challenging to concentrate on multiple speeches, but the subjective portion of your grade will be influenced by how well you have supported your colleagues-try to pay attention to their speeches.  If for some reason you must carry a cell phone, turn it off while in class.


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Week One: Introduction to Class-Your Introductions                                      1

Week Two: Informative Speaking                                              4, 9-14, 24-27          

Week Three: Informative Speaking                                            6, 15, 18, 21, 28 

Week Four:  Informative Speeches

          Discuss: Extemporaneous Speech

Week Five:  Informative Speeches

Week Six:  Informative Speeches 

Week Seven:   Extemporaneous Speeches                                   16, 19, 20, 22, 30

            Discuss: Persuasive

Week Eight:  Extemporaneous Speeches

Week Nine:  Extemporaneous Speeches

Week Ten:  Persuasive Speeches

            Discuss Debates

Week Eleven:  Persuasive Speeches

            Discuss Debates

Week Twelve:  Persuasive Speeches

Week Thirteen:  Debates  

Week Fourteen:  Debates

Week Fifteen:  Debates

Week Sixteen: Misc.

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Assignment Overview:

Informative Speech-You get 8 minutes (I will time it and give you time signals). Your goal is to inform us about an innovation (something discovered in the last year or two. You must include three quoted sources in the speech. You may use one or two note cards (front and back). Visual aids are permitted but not mandatory. A typed outline and bibliography are to be handed to me before you speak the day of the speech.

Extemporaneous-I will give you a question and your goal is to answer it in a 6-8 minute speech.  You must quote either Time, U.S. News, or Newsweek magazine.  You must have at least 3 sources.  An outline and bibliography are due the day you speak.

Persuasive-You get 8 minutes to persuade us to do something about a controversial problem.  You must avoid non controversial issues (drunken driving, smoking, seat belts, donate organs, etc).  Five quoted sources are required.  The structure for the speech is Monroe’s motivated sequence.  An outline and bibliography are required the day of the speech.  Following the speech, I will ask you a few questions.

Debate-You will present a researched brief which will list four main arguments supporting your side of the topic.  You will ask your opponent questions about his/her brief and you will present a rebuttal speech challenging your opponent’s brief and defending your brief.

Impromptu-You will be given two different impromptu scenarios.  The goal will be to test your ability to speak on a real world topic with no preparation.

Final-The test will be multiple choice/true false. Complete the test on a Scan Tron form 882.

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Required Text:

Required Text:  Sprague and Stuart: The Speaker’s Handbook, 7th Ed.

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 Last Published 7/14/16