SPEECH 1 – PUBLIC SPEAKING
Pasadena City College
Spring Semester 2012
“At a funeral, most people would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy.”
Instructor Rodriguez Class Times: Tue/Thurs 1:00 – 2:35 p.m. (6002)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Classroom: C111
Office Hours: Tue/Thurs by appointment
Textbook / Required Materials:
Beebe, Susan J., and Steven A. Beebe. Public Speaking Handbook, 4th Ed. New York:
Pearson, 2013. Pencil, pen, paper, 3 x 5 index cards, #882 Scantron
SPEECH 1 is the study and application of rhetorical principles to research and analyze
topics, organize sentence outlines and deliver effective public speeches. Students
perform speaking and listening assignments that utilize effective verbal, vocal and
physical communicative strategies and critical/analytical techniques. This course is
designed to help you develop and refine your oral communication and critical thinking
skills and understand various techniques used to overcome speech anxiety.
Course Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Perform basic speech delivery skills
2. Evaluate the reliability of information sources
3. Critically evaluate public speeches
4. Understand the need to adapt communication style to acknowledge the
differences in others
Specific objectives of this course also include:
1. The ability to control and/or overcome speech anxiety and nervousness.
2. Creating outlines and visual aids for speeches.
3. Performing four (4) speeches for designated assignments.
4. Evaluating student speeches.
Attendance & Participation
The dynamic duo of Attendance & Participation is essential in my class. You can’t have
one without the other! You are required to attend all class meetings. You must attend
the first 2 weeks of class; if you miss the 2nd week, you will be dropped—no exceptions.
After that, you’re allowed 2 absences without penalty. Any absence after that will result
in lowering your final grade by 5% for each absence. If you miss more than 3 weeks, you
may be dropped from my class. Please note that it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to drop my
class; if you remain on the roster at grade time and have stopped attending, you will
receive an “F”. Tardiness is also a distraction so be on time. If you’re late to class, points
will be deducted from your grade after your 2nd tardy. Tardies may accumulate into
absences at my discretion. By remaining enrolled in this class, you agree to this
Assignments are due at the beginning of class. Late papers are not accepted, so
please turn your work in on time! All assignments MUST be TYPED. I will not accept hand-
written assignments. I DO NOT allow make-up exams or speeches.
The Social Contract and the 86 Rule
This means that both the students and instructor will work together to create a
supportive, exploratory and intellectually challenging academic environment. This
demands preparation (reading) for class discussions and full participation in all activities.
Additionally, conduct between you and your peers is important, thus Respect and
Courtesy in the classroom is expected. Please be respectful of others. If you are
disruptive (texting, talking, sleeping, etc.) during class, you will be marked absent and
86’d (asked to leave). iPods & cell phones are NOT ALLOWED in class so please turn
them off. I reserve the right to monitor your laptop use in class; if you are doing
homework for another class or are online, you will be marked absent, 86’d and will lose
the privilege of using your laptop in class. Lastly, recording class lectures must be
approved by me first and may only be audio recordings, no video recordings are
allowed. By remaining enrolled in this class you agree to this contract.
All forms of discrimination based on ethnicity, religion, race, gender, appearance and
sexual orientation will NOT be tolerated in this class. Sexual harassment of any kind will
NOT be tolerated. College regulations apply; please consult the College Catalog. *If
you have any special needs please inform me within the first 2 weeks of the semester.
PCC does NOT tolerate cheating of any kind. Any student caught cheating or
plagiarizing their work will be prosecuted to the full extent of the college guidelines and
will fail this course. To avoid any problems, always cite sources and clearly distinguish
your ideas and words from those of others.
The following is a tentative schedule for this semester.
Tue 2/21 Class overview; review syllabus; class introductions
Week 1 Assignment: Buy your textbook!
Thurs 2/23 Public Speaking basics/careers/opportunities
Week 1 Assignment: Read Ch. 1
Tue 2/28 Discussion of Ch. 1; Communication process; Overview of first speech
Thurs 3/01 Continue discussion of Ch. 1/Communication process
Week 2 Reading Assignments: Ch. 2 **Last day to add March 3**
Tue 3/06 Discussion of Ch. 2; Anxiety tips/strategies; Overview of Cultural speech
Thurs 3/08 Continue discussion of Ch. 2; Anxiety exercises;
Week 3 **Last day to drop without a “W” March 3**
Tue 3/13 The 10 Steps of the Speechmaking Process; tips for preparing your first speech
Week 4 Reading Assignments: Ch. 13
Thurs 3/15 Discussion of Ch. 13; Delivery do’s and don’ts; delivery exercise
Tue 3/20 Cultural Speeches (Group 1) (2-4 min.)
Thurs 3/22 Cultural Speeches (Group 2) (2-4 min.)
Week 5 Reading Assignments: Ch. 4
Tue 3/27 Discussion of Ch. 4; listening tips/distractions; listening exercise
Week 6 Reading Assignments: Ch. 15
Thurs 3/29 Discussion of Ch. 15; topic selection & Informative speech guidelines
Week 6 Informative Topics due Tuesday
Tue 4/03 Continue discussion of Ch. 15; Informative topics due today
Week 7 Reading Assignments: Ch. 9 & 10
Thurs 4/05 Discussion of Ch. 9 & 10; tips for effective intros/conclusions and transitions
Tue 4/10 Continue discussion of Ch. 9 &10; Sample outline format; go over MLA format
Week 8 Reading Assignment: Ch. 7
Thurs 4/12 Discussion of Ch. 7; Online sources
Spring break -- Campus Closed
Tue 4/24 Midterm Green 882 Scantron required
Thurs 4/26 Informative Speeches (Group 1) (5-7 min.)
Tue 5/01 Informative Speeches (Group 2) (5-7 min.)
Thurs 5/03 Informative Speeches (Group 3) (5-7 min.)
Week 11 Reading Assignment: Ch. 5
Tue 5/08 Discussion of Ch. 5; Audience Analysis; overview of Persuasive Speech
Thurs 5/10 Continue discussion of Ch. 6; magazine activity
Week 12 Reading Assignment: Ch. 16 Persuasive topics due next week!
Tue 5/15 Discussion of Ch.16; sample speeches; persuasive topics due today!
Thurs 5/17 Continue working on Persuasive speech outline/format
Week 13 Speech Critique due today
Tue 5/22 Continue working on Persuasive speech outline/format
Week 14 *Assign group list for Thursdays activity*
Thurs 5/24 Group Activity
Tue 5/29 Persuasive Speeches (Group 1) (7-9 min.)
Thurs 5/31 Persuasive Speeches (Group 2) (7-9 min.)
Tue 6/05 Persuasive Speeches (Group 3) (7-9 min.)
Thur 6/07 Persuasive Speeches (Group 4) (7-9 min.)
Thur 6/12 Final Exam *1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Week 17 Green 882 Scantron required * Advice letter
Attendance/Participation 100 ________ A 900 – 1000 points
Quizzes 50 ________ B 800 – 899 points
Impromptu Speech 100 ________ C 700 – 799 points
Cultural Speech 100 ________ D 600 – 699 points
Informative Speech & Outline 150 ________ F 599 – below
Persuasive Speech & Outline 200 ________
Speech Critique 100 ________
Midterm 100 ________
Final 100 ________
1000 Total Points
Your grade will depend on how hard you work in this class. Remember, grades are earned, not
deserved! Work hard and you will do well. Believe in yourself!
Have a great