JOHN A. LOGAN COLLEGE A. Mezo – SP 09
SPE 115 SPEECH 3 cr. (3-0)
Speech 115 combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication
skills. This course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2)
provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes
understanding of an adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4)
emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking, and speaking. Students are
expected to prepare and give at least three substantial speeches, including both
informative and persuasive speech assignments. All classes require face-to-face
performance of the three substantial speeches with the class and the instructor serving
as an in-class audience.
Note from your instructor: Although the “It won’t happen to me!/I’ll never use that in
real life!” philosophy runs rampant, modern society has made public speaking a
necessity for almost every line of work. Interacting with friends; applying for your next
job, training the new person at your current job; weddings; funerals, and general
conversations all utilize the same basic concepts taught in public speaking classes.
Assignments for the course are designed to introduce the student to methods of public
speaking, improve the student’s current abilities and develop effective methods of
Upon successful completion of the course, students should have attained at least the
competencies in both theory and practice as listed below.
Communication Theory - The student is expected to:
1. Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of communication.
2. Describe the relationship among self, message, and others.
3. Describe the process of effective listening.
Communication Practice - The student is expected to:
1. Phrase clear, responsible and appropriate purpose statements.
2. Develop specific, well-focused thesis statements.
3. Analyze an audience and situation, and then adapt a message to those needs.
4. Generate ideas and gather supporting material.
5. Incorporate material from various appropriate sources, using proper verbal
6. Use evidence, reasoning, and motive appeals in persuasive speaking.
7. Prepare and use visual aids that promote clarity and interest.
8. Organize and outline an effective message.
9. Use language that is appropriate to enhance understanding and affect the
10. Establish credibility by demonstrating knowledge and analysis of topic.
11. Use extemporaneous delivery with reasonable fluency, expressiveness, and
12. Cope effectively with tensions involved in public speaking.
13. Demonstrate acceptable ethical standards in research and presentation of
14. Listen to, analyze, and critique oral communication.
Topics to be covered include the following. The order may vary. Students will receive a
more detailed schedule after the class begins.
1. Studying Public Speaking in Higher Education
2. Getting Started
3. Critical Listening
4. Public Speaking and Cultural Life
5. Understanding Your Audience
6. Finding and Using Supporting Materials
7. Organizing and Outlining Your Speech
8. Beginning and Ending Your Speech
9. Wording Your Speech
10. Delivering Your Speech
11. Using Visual Aids
12. Speeches to Inform
13. Speeches to Persuade
14. Argumentation and Critical Thinking
15. Speaking at Community- and Group-Centered Events
To complete SPE 115 successfully, students must do the following:
1. Read the textbook assignment that corresponds with each day’s topic before
coming to class.
2. Complete any and all homework on time. Late assignments will not be accepted
without pre-arrangement with instructor. If it is late, it is too late.
3. Give all speeches and other oral presentations properly and on time. Assigned
speeches must be given on the day scheduled. Speeches and other
presentations not given on the day scheduled will receive a ZERO for that
assignment. Make-up opportunities will be given for students who are absent for
school approved events per school policy. The absence must be documented by
a relevant school official. Please inform the instructor as far in advance as
possible about the event and your absence.
4. Take quizzes on time. Make-up quizzes will not be given unless compelling
extenuating circumstances exist or an absence was due to a school-approved
5. Critique your fellow classmates. Each student will be required to critique his/her
fellow classmates’ speeches as they are presented. Unlike other classes you
may take at the college level, this class does not function well unless all students
are present to give suggestions and offer praise and constructive criticism. You
are expected to attend class and be on time in order to reap these benefits
yourself as well as provide help to your peers. These peer critiques will be
anonymous, but will be given to the speaker being evaluated.
6. Attend all classes from start to finish. Attendance and participation are a
necessary part of any speech class. If you are not here, then you cannot expect
to be properly prepared to complete assignments or present speeches
successfully. From my experience with this course, students with poor
attendance do poorly in the class. If you desire a good grade, be responsible,
punctual, and actively attend class. Please let the instructor know in advance by
telephone or E-mail if you will not be in class on a given day. Keep the instructor
informed about possible future absences due to school-approved events, so that
make-up work can be arranged. Assignments are due on the day assigned,
regardless of your attendance.
7. All assignments and projects are to typewritten unless otherwise specified.
Handwritten assignments WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Students are encouraged to come and talk with the instructor before/after class or
during the instructor’s office hours if the student is facing challenges with the class or for
other reasons, or the student may call or E-mail the instructor if he/she needs help at
Student Success Center. Tutors may be obtained through the Student Success Center.
Contact the staff in C219 if this service is desired. John A. Logan College will make
reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities under Section
504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Any student with a disability that may have some impact on work in this class, who feels
she/he needs an accommodation, should make an appointment with the Coordinator of
Services for Students with Disabilities on campus, Jennifer Frost, Room C219B, Ext.
8516. Before services can be provided, this advisor must determine eligibility and
arrange appropriate academic adjustments. It is the student=s responsibility to
register in advance of a school term with this office and to turn in a schedule
each term to ensure that there is every opportunity for success in this class.
English Writing Center/Tutoring. For assistance with writing assignments in any college
course, students are encouraged to visit “The Write Place” in Room E109. English
instructors are available for one-on-one tutoring each semester during hours posted at
Financial Aid. Students who receive financial assistance and completely withdraw from
classes prior to 60% of the semester being completed (approximately 2-3 weeks after
midterm) could be responsible to return a portion of their Federal Pell Grant award.
Prior to withdrawing from courses, students should contact the Financial Aid Office.
Course Withdrawal Information. It is expected that you will attend this class regularly.
If you stop attending for any reason, you should contact your advisor and withdraw
officially to avoid the posting of a failing grade (an E) to your transcript. It is also
advisable to discuss the situation with your instructor before dropping.
METHOD OF EVALUATION:
All assignments and speeches will be graded on a point basis. Final grades will be
based on the following:
Lecture/Reading Assignment Quiz
Special Occasion Speech
Impromptu Speech (Final Exam)
Written Final Exam
Points for Individual Speeches
Criterion Description Possible Points
Volume Appropriate and adequate loudness/softness and projection. (5)
Rate Appropriate speed. (5)
Pitch Appropriate change in highness and lowness of voice (5)
Articulation Appropriate physical production of words. (5)
Pronunciation Appropriate enunciation and articulation of words. (5)
Pauses Appropriate and adequate use of silence for effect and breath (5)
Tone Appropriate match of voice to emotional content of speech. (5)
Appearance Appropriate clothing and personal appearance. (5)
Eye Contact Appropriate and adequate meeting the eyes of the audience (5)
Facial Expressions (5)
Posture Appropriate body position. (5)
Gestures Appropriate and adequate hand and bodily movement. (5)
Proxemics Appropriate and adequate use of stage. (5)
Knowledge Demonstrates knowledge of the subject. (5)
Visual Aids Appropriate and adequate use of visual aids. (5)
Time 10 second leeway both above and below time limit.
This is an all or nothing criterion. Make time, you earn the
points, if you miss time, then you do not receive the points. (5)
Progression The speech follows a logical progression from beginning to end (5)
Criteria The speech follows the assigned criteria for type. (5)
Bad Habits Speaker exhibits bad habits during the speech. (5)
Energy Speaker has an appropriate level of energy for the speech. (5)
90 – 100 % = A
80 – 89 % = B
70 – 79 % = C
60 – 69 % = D
below 60 % = F
Determining Your Grade
In order to determine a letter grade for an assignment, divide the points you received by
the total number of possible points. This will give you a decimal. Multiply that decimal
by 100 to see your percentage grade. Follow the above grading scale to determine
your letter grade.
Example: A speech is worth a possible 100 points. You scored 70 points.
1. 100/70 = .70
2. .70 x 100 = 70%
3. Letter Grade = C
What Grades Mean
A Your work stands out from that of the normal body of students. You serve as a
role model for how the speech should be done. You infuse your speeches and
assignments with creativity and enthusiasm.
B You exceed the average level of expectation, although your work does not
especially stand out from your peers. Your speeches and assignments reflect
proper preparation and are good examples of the concepts and applications
studied in class.
C Your work is average. Your work reflects only average preparation and
presentation of the concepts learned in class. Your work is not especially creative
or deserving of extra attention.
D You demonstrate a basic understanding of the speeches and assignments, but
your work is presented in a less than satisfactory way. Your work is below
average and does not meet expectations.
E You either fail to do the assignment or your work is too far below acceptable
standards to merit any consideration. Your work lacks a basic understanding of
the assignment and the concepts studied in class.
OVERVIEW OF SPEECHES/ASSIGNMENTS:
Informative Speech (Time Limit 5 Minutes)
The goal is to inform the audience about some topic. Remember, you are not
persuading the audience to take any action. Any overt bias or attempts to persuade will
negatively affect your grade. Your purpose is to objectively impart knowledge, much in
the same way that news reporters deliver the facts in their news stories. You will be
required to use visual aids as well as provide an outline and list of at least 3 reference
sources (at least 2 references must come from sources other than the Internet) for this
presentation which should be given to the instructor before the speech.
Persuasive Speech (Time Limit 5 Minutes)
The goal of this speech is to influence the audience on an issue. Speeches should be
designed to cause the audience to act on the topic. Possible topics include convincing
people of seat belt safety, to quit smoking, donate blood, or attend college. The best
topics are those that are controversial or potentially controversial in nature. One visual
aid is required. You will be required to use visual aids as well as provide an outline and
list of at least 3 reference sources (at least 2 references must come from sources other
than the Internet) for this presentation as well as a full-test version of the speech which
should be given to the instructor before the speech.
Special Occasion Speech (Time Limit 5 Minutes)
There are many kinds of special occasion speeches: toasts, eulogies, speeches of
inspiration, speeches to entertain, introduction speeches, speeches of acceptance, etc.
The goal of the Special Occasion Speech is to communicate with a group or
organization where the format may or may not be formal in nature. You will be required
to provide an outline for this presentation as well as a full-text version of the speech
which should be given to the instructor before the speech.
Impromptu Speech (Time Limit 3 Minutes)
An impromptu speech is when you do not know your topic and are asked to speak. You
will be given a topic and will have only a short time to prepare your presentation. As
this type of speech demonstrates how well and quickly you can put together and deliver
an effective speech, this will be your final exam.
Students will evaluate each other as they watch the speeches. Students will fill out a
critique sheet which will be presented to the instructor after that day’s speeches are
complete. The critiques will be reviewed by the instructor and then passed along to the
speaker. All submissions to the speaker will be anonymous.
Quizzes will be given as a method of evaluating the comprehension of the assigned
reading material and in preparation for the final examination at the end of the semester.
Written Final Exam
The final exam will be a comprehensive exam comprised of questions taken from the
METHOD OF PRESENTATION:
Classes will include lectures, discussions, student participation, presentations and
speeches, and videos.
Invitation to Public Speaking. by Cindy L. Griffin, Third Edition.
The purpose of education is to acquire knowledge. The purpose of speech education is
to learn how to say, effectively, what we know and thereby pass that information on to
others. Communication by speech is one of humanity’s greatest achievements. No
person is educated who cannot share his/her knowledge, feelings and beliefs with
As members of this class – this audience, we all should be ACTIVE participants. That
means we are engaged in the classroom activities and the communication process.
Things that distract from the communication process include, but are not limited to,
repeated tardiness, leaving early, reading newspapers, ringing cell phones, beeping
pagers, doing other homework, sleeping, talking when others are talking, etc. Such
behaviors are unacceptable. Please respect your classmates by treating them as you
would want to be treated.
NOTES: Because of time limitations, class cancellations, and other related activities,
the instructor reserves the right to change, add, or delete any activities or assignments
he deems necessary to meet the educational requirements of this class and its
INSTRUCTOR: Allen Mezo
Phone: (618) 937-3438 (West Frankfort Extension Center)
Office Hours: T.B.A
DATE: Spring, 2009
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05-28-09-7b SP 09
Instructor Grade/Critique Sheet
Eye Contact ____
Facial Expressions ____
Visual Aids ____
Bad Habits ____
Energy ____ 05-28-09-7b SP 09