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CW 10A - Introduction to Public Speaking

Summer 2021

This strictly introductory course presumes no formal training of any kind. Emphasis is on organization and delivery, with the goal of improving control over speaking habits and enunciation. A further goal is to introduce students to the foundation of rhetorical theory that underpins the practice of public speaking.

Available in 
Units and Format 
3 units – Eight hours of seminar/discussion per week for six weeks (Session A and D)
Grading Option 
Letter grade or P/NP





Class Number: 15512
Meeting time @ place:
- @ Online - Time TBA
Section Theme: Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Section Description:

This course is offered in Session D (July 6-August 13, 2021).

Note: This is an asynchronous class with the exception of one class meeting per week (Mondays from 2-4pm) for presentations and class discussions. Students should be available once a week on this day and time to meet as a class over Zoom.

This introductory course is meant to help you become a better public speaker. Public speaking is an essential skill that is relevant in most academic, business, professional, and social settings, and yet speaking publicly is a thing that many people dread; in fact, public speaking anxiety also known as glossophobia ranks as one of the most commonly reported social fears.  Our focus, then, will be on organization and delivery with the goal of improving clarity and speech habits through practice. Students will learn effective public speaking techniques and gain confidence in their oral communication (and listening!) skills by delivering speeches and presentations for different occasions and audiences in a supportive classroom environment. 

Because this is an online course, students will need access to the internet. Students will also need a camera to film themselves for our shorter presentation – phone and computer cameras are fine. Thanks! 

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Class Number: 14290
Meeting time @ place:
- @ Online - Time TBA
Section Theme: Getting comfortable with public speaking
Instructor: Kim Freeman
Section Description:

This course is offered in Session A (May 24 - July 2, 2021).

Public speaking is a part of most disciplines in college at some point, as well as a part of most professions. It’s even a part of life in general, from school and career to family and friends and politics. It’s also something many of us dread, or at least fear. This introductory course aims to provide you with fundamentals and skills for speaking for an array of purposes. In addition, to analyzing the effectiveness of others’ speeches, you’ll practice a variety of your own. Our focus will be on organization, clarity, and delivery.


This class will be taught all online, mostly asynchronously, meaning that we won’t have to be online at the same time. However, we will try to have at least one speech done synchronously so students can get practice with live reactions, most likely via Zoom. Because this class is online, students must have access to stable internet and a computer. Further, because many speeches will be filmed, students need to have some capacity to film themselves. Phones, tablets, and computers with cameras will be fine. 

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