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  1. Communications

  2. Become an obviously overall better public speaker. Professional reasons such as… Promoting professional self Presenting ideas to decision makers Create positive change in workplace Contribute worthwhile ideas in meetings (Brydon, Scott 5). Why study public speaking?

  3. Oral Communication involves… • Speaking skills • Voice techniques • Engaging your audience Literacies

  4. Studying oral communication can enhance your voice, identity, & public participation Verbal and nonverbal communication is very important when delivering a speech. Nonverbal communication is a wordless, silent system of communicating. Smiles, gestures, and body movement can add to the spontaneity of a speech. In a public speaking class, it is taught to deliver your speech with and effective voice, with relevant messages to the topic. Speak with an impact, to inform or persuade the audience (Brydon, Scott 272). Speaking skills

  5. To gain better control of your voice, speakers need to know how sound is produced and how it can be manipulated. Having a good speaking voice, is one of the most important things. Volume, pitch, range, rhythm, tempo, and articulation, are the main ideas a speaker needs to focus on. With these vocal qualities in mind, it is important to deliver a speech in your own voice, and not imitate anyone else’s. (Brydon, Scott 278). Voice Techniques

  6. Take a proactive approach -Anticipate and control the variables that will affect the speech delivery. Always speak with a purpose Engage audience

  7. Surveys were administered to students in a public speaking class. Questions were asked regarding the effects the class has had on them, and some difficulties they had discovered. Surveys

  8. How do you think that public speaking/communicative studies classes has an effect on how well its students will communicate when they get into the real world? Student Answers: It will allow you to be able to speak in business environments and corporate events. If you can master these talents, you look a lot stronger as a person and can communicate much better Helps you to be able to speak in front of different types of audiences, and the class helps you work on numerous speech skills to enhance your speaking abilities. Survey Questions

  9. What has been most helpful or instrumental to your development, understanding, and practice of the skills in this course? Student Answers: The textbook has been helpful to learn the different speaking techniques. Practicing the actual speeches, because it helps to overcome nervousness. Survey Questions

  10. What has been most difficult and caused you to have trouble accessing or understanding the materials, doing the work, being successful, etc.? Student Answers: The tests are very difficult, and are not an effective evaluation if you know how to speak well or not. Test evaluate miniscule details. The professor, because he is foreign. At times, he can be very hard to understand. Survey questions

  11. Pros • Helps to gain speaking experience in front of peers • Gives good tips on how to better prepare and give your speech • Pre-professional speaking experience Public speaking classes • Cons • Tests can be difficult • Professor is hard to understand

  12. Technology sponsors a lot of literacy to communication classes. To create a visual speech, technology can be very useful. PowerPoint's are one of the most powerful ways to present. Giving the audience a visual, makes it a lot more interesting for them Technology can help a lot with research as well. When using technology as a tool to support students performing authentic tasks, they can define goals, make decisions, and evaluate progress (Singh). Sponsors of literacy

  13. “In whatever form, sponsors deliver the ideological freight that must be borne for access to what they have” • -Deborah Brandt Sponsors of literacy

  14. In the public speaking class, students from the surveys have found that the professor has been a negative sponsor of literacy. Asian and foreign professors often make it hard for the students to understand what they are saying. Learning becomes difficult. Negative Sponsorship

  15. A discourse such as communication studies allows for individuals to latch out of their comfort zone, and speak to their peers. • “A speaker must learn to speak our language. Or they must dare speak to it, or carry off the bluff.” • -David Bartholomae • To keep and audience intrigued, a speaker must get to know their audiences’ needs and wants, and be able to identify with them. Communication Community

  16. Brydon, Steven. Between One and Many: The Art and Science of Public Speaking. New York, New York: McGraw Hill, 2011. Print. Singh, Ram. "Effects of Technology on Classrooms and Students." Technology and Education Reform. n. page. Web. 30 May. 2012. Works cited