Frequently Asked Questions About Our Courses
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Where can I get help preparing for and practicing my speeches?
In addition to the resources in your class, there is a Listening and Speaking Lab (LSL) in ATC 304. Students can take 1/2 unit classes and sign up for free workshops to improve speaking and listening, pronunciation, and conversation skills. Speech students can also get credit from their instructors for practicing and recording presentations in the lab and are encouraged to ask for assistance with their assignments from LSL staff members and student tutors.
Does Speech 10 (Fundamentals of Oral Communication) meet the same requirement as Speech 1 (Public Speaking)?
Yes. Both courses meet the GE requirements for oral communication. In Speech 1 you would focus on public speaking including researching, outlining, developing, delivering, and evaluating public speeches. Speech 10, on the other hand, is a hybrid course which emphasizes principles and methods of oral communication in the context of interpersonal communication, small group discussion and public speaking.
Do I have to give speeches in Speech 10?
Yes. Both Speech 10 and Speech 1 have a minimum requirement of four speeches. Any more than four are decided at the discretion of the instructor.
Should I take Speech 8 or Speech 9?
You should consider what graduation and transfer requirements you are trying to meet and whether you want to focus more on presenting oral arguments or formulating written arguments. Consider the following-Speech 8 - Argumentation and Critical Inquiry in Oral Communication