Montgomery College 2024-2025 Catalog 
    Jul 15, 2024  
Montgomery College 2024-2025 Catalog
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COMM 121 - Public Speaking

Instruction and experience in preparation and delivery of speeches within a public setting. This course has an emphasis on research, preparation, delivery, and evaluation methods of informative, persuasive, demonstration, and special occasion speeches. Assessment Level(s): ENGL 101 /ENGL 011 . Three hours each week.

3 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  • Evaluate the role of free speech in a democratic society by analyzing the message and delivery style of public speakers.
  • Identify and apply active and critical listening skills as both a speaker and an audience member.
  • Differentiate between and deliver effective informative, persuasive and special occasion presentations.
  • Locate, incorporate and document key reference materials and modern information resources when writing and delivering speeches.
  • Identify a variety of audience types and describe methods to adapt presentations to various types.
  • Identify and use appropriate presentation technologies and software, modern visual aids and graphical information in presentations.
  • Present the major speeches in an extemporaneous* mode, with little or no signs of performance anxiety. *Extemporaneous is defined as speaking conversationally, making eye contact and using notes; reading from a manuscript or memorizing is not included in the definition.
  • Construct and analyze persuasive messages using logic, reasoning, and supported conclusions.
  • Adapt to listener feedback during and when revising speeches.

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