Paul A. Lucas, Public Speaking, Summer 2018

Course Description:

University of Pittsburgh’s website states: “Communication, both spoken and written, is always addressed to an audience, a set of listeners or readers you are intending to convey information to or have some effect upon. Public speaking differs from written communication in that the audience is present, gathered for some occasion. That occasion has norms and expectations that a speaker must recognize. Finally, a public speaker has some purpose, something they are trying to accomplish or set in motion. Good public speaking always accounts for these three components.” The overall objective of this course is for students to understand and enact these three components through effective speech research, organization, analysis, content, and delivery.

Required Texts:

Fraleigh, D. M., & Tuman, J.S. (2014). Speak up! An illustrated guide to public speaking (3rd ed.). Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s. ISBN: 9781457623943

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