UWashingtonX: COMM220UWx: Introduction to Public Speaking

School: UWashingtonX
Course Code: COMM220UWx
Classes Start: 7 Jan 2014
Course Length: 10 weeks
Estimated effort: 3-5 hours/week

Prerequisites:

No prerequisites, but to complete assignments, you need to be able to record video (cell phone or digital camera) and have access to YouTube or Aptara.

WashingtonX: COMM220UWx - Introduction to Public Speaking

Introduction to Public Speaking

In this class, we will study the principles of public speaking, and critically examine our own and others’ speeches through interactive practice.

About this Course

This course is being offered in an experimental format. Students are welcome to audit the course, and participate in all course activities. Certificates will not be issued.

This course is designed to help you become a more effective and confident public speaker. We will demystify the process of writing, practicing, and performing a clear and engaging speech, work through the unique traits of oral versus written communication, and learn how to prepare speeches that are easier to deliver orally and understand aurally. One of the best ways to refine your own speech ability is through a close study of others' speeches. We will have a number of opportunities to examine and discuss sample speeches and speakers. Growing out of our analysis of speakers, we will discuss who you hold up as a model speaker and analyze what makes that speaker effective. We will critically examine our own speeches and the speeches of others. By becoming a student of public speaking, you join a long history of rhetorical study dating back to ancient Greece.

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Design and deliver basic arguments clearly.
  • Design and deliver informative presentations clearly.
  • Design and deliver complex arguments persuasively.
  • Speak confidently with appropriate rate, projection, movement, and vocal variety.
  • Evaluate and critique speeches insightfully.

This course is being offered in an experimental format. Students are welcome to audit the course, and participate in all course activities. Certificates will not be issued.

Ways to take this edX course:

Simply Audit this Course

Audit this course for free and have complete access to all of the course material, tests, and the online discussion forum. You decide what and how much you want to do.

Course Staff

  • Matt McGarrity

    Matt McGarrity

    Dr. Matt McGarrity is a Senior Lecturer in the Communication Department at the University of Washington. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in public speaking, argumentation, classical rhetoric, rhetorical criticism, and communication pedagogy. He founded and continues to direct the University of Washington Speaking Center, which offers speech coaching to students. He has published academic articles and teaching materials on communication education and public speaking and has won multiple top paper awards for public speaking research at academic conferences. He has won a number of teaching awards, including the National Speakers' Association's Outstanding Professor Award.

Prerequisites

No prerequisites, but to complete assignments, you need to be able to record video (cell phone or digital camera) and have access to YouTube or Aptara.