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Communication 1100

Course Description:

This one-semester basic course in speech is designed to develop each student's ability to communicate effectively in his or her academic, business, and social life. The major emphasis is on the preparation and delivery of formal speeches, but many areas of the communication process are explored. (Prerequisites: Eligible for ENGL 1005 or higher and ENGL 0850 or higher or permission of instructor) Lecture: 3 hours.


Full-time instructors have the option of selecting a text for the course. Over the years, various textbooks have been successful. Beebe and Beebe, Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach, 9 th edition is ordered for adjuncts.


View sample syllabi from various CCRI faculty.

Class Profile:

Oral Communication I is a required course in most academic programs. Therefore, enrolled students represent the demographic diversity typical of CCRI classrooms, ranging from traditional high school graduates to older, returning students. While some students may have some exposure to public speaking as part of a unit in a high school English course, others students will have had little to no exposure to public speaking. Given the anxiety that accompanies public speaking, students often delay taking this course until later in their academic program.

Course Objectives:

To increase public speaking skills by providing students with a variety of public speaking opportunities
To increase knowledge of the parts and functions of a speech
To understand the dynamics of audience demographics
To foster an awareness of the ethical responsibility of spoken discourse
To adapt to the needs of people of different backgrounds and culture, as well as to the rhetorical expectations of diverse contexts and occasions
To increase students confidence in themselves as public speakers in their academic, professional, and social lives
Student Learning Outcomes:
At the completion of this course, the student should demonstrate competencies as advocated by the National Communication Association:

Speaking Competencies:

The competent speaker should present speeches that include the following:
A solid understanding of communication theory, in particular, the various purposes of oral discourse in relationship to different contexts
Effective research techniques, including web-based
Coherent organization in relationship to purpose, audience, and occasion
The competent speaker should fulfill the speech's purpose by:
Formulating a thesis statement
Incorporating and documenting, if necessary, relevant and sufficient verbal and visual support
Selecting a suitable organizational pattern
Employing careful and vivid word choice
Incorporating language that enhances the speaker's ethos, promotes, the speech purpose, and increases the audience's understanding
Providing effective transitions
Demonstrating technological support skills
The competent speaker should use delivery skills to craft an effective presentation:
Employ a variety of suitable vocal elements (rate, pitch, and intensity) to heighten and maintain audience interest
Articulate the American English language
Use appropriate non-verbal behavior (physical, spatial, and personal elements) to support and clarify the message
The competent speaker should use constructive criticism to improve upon future speeches
Listening Competencies:
The oral communication class participant should develop the following in relationship to a speech's content:
Recognize main idea
Evaluate the effectiveness, relevance, and quantity of supporting material
Identify organizational and transitional cues
The oral communication class participant should develop the following in relationship to informative and persuasive speaking:
Analyze the types of verbal and nonverbal support
Draw valid inferences from the information
Distinguish between emotional and logical appeals (pathos and logos)
Analyze patterns of reasoning and judge the validity of arguments
The oral communication class participant should employ active listening:
Formulate questions that clarify or qualify
Paraphrase the speaker's message
Provide constructive feedback
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Course Measurements:
Participation in class discussion, activities, and exercises
Mid-term Exam
Final Exam
Speech outlines with appropriate documentation for outside sources
Written and/or oral critiques (of self, peers, outside speaker)
Analyses of written and taped speeches
Tapings (audio and/or video) of speeches
Five to six oral presentations that vary in length and purpose. These may include individual speeches (informative, demonstrative, persuasive, and special occasion) as well as group projects (problem-solving, debate, symposium, forum presentation, and panel discussion).
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Course Content Outline:
Student Speeches
Communication theory
Organizational methods
Supporting material
Research principles and techniques
Language and style
Delivery techniques
Eye Contact
Body position and movement
Purposes for speaking
To inform
To entertain
To stimulate
To persuade
Special occasions
Teacher's comments
Student's comments
Video tape
To learn to evaluate self
To learn to evaluate speeches heard outside the classroom
Political speeches
Group Dynamics (Optional)
Effect of individual on others
Ability to establish common ground
Group interaction

Contact Information

Geraldine Levitre
Professor & Chair of English
Tel: 401-825-2263

Kathleen Beauchene
Professor of English
Communication Coordinator
Website Content Manager

Gail Yanku
Administrative Assistant
Knight Campus
Room 3232
Tel: 401-825-2262
Fax: 401-825-1193

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Last Updated: 1/26/17