SPC 1301-01

Course Description:

Speech 1301 is a beginning course in platform theory and practice designed to provide instruction in the essentials of effective public oral communication, as well as principles of human communication. This learning community course includes the use of Web 2.0 technologies to advance student skills in multimodal/web presentations.  In this course, students develop skills in public speaking (research, outlining, and presentation), how to overcome fear and nervousness, how to analyze audiences, and how to prepare speeches using multiple media platforms.  Also, students learn the principles of interpersonal communication in groups and communication mediated through technology.   Students are encouraged to select topics related to their majors.  Student learn both speaking and listening  (oral and aural) skills and effective methods for responding to audience questions, as well as verbal and non-verbal communication basics.


Speech 1301 Syllabus:  SPC 1301-01-SYLLABUS-FALL 2014–Aug 20-2014

Speech 1301 Calendar:  SPC 1301-01-Fall 2014 – CJG Calendar – 19 AUG 2014



Thematic Connections:

Dr. Johnson-Gerendas will be using integrative assignments to foster deep learning and collaboration within your speech class this semester.  We will explore ways to connect your real lived experiences with our ever-changing world.  The over-arching question we will try to answer this semester is:  How Do We Explore-Create-Perform Our Public/Private Identities in both Social Media and Face-to-Face Environments?    You will have opportunities to engage in a personal study of your own strengths by examining your ethos and impact as a speaker writing and performing authentic speech events in real-world scenarios.  I am excited to join you on this journey as you explore different rhetorical strategies and analyze how they affect you and your intended audiences.  Your speech course will offer active problem-based assignments and will conclude with a final project demonstrating collaboration, undergraduate research, and multimodal communication, culminating in a pecha-kucha presentation.

Umbrella Theme:  Ethos & Impact

Research Domains (Issues selected for research will fall under one of the following domains):

1)    Hierarchy of Human Needs / Motivations  (What drives people to act?)

2)    Relational Boundaries / In(ter)dependence / Values

3)    Perceptions of Youth / What do young people really need?

4)    Authenticity / Deception / Scandal

5)    Celebrity / Performing Identities / Private-Public Representations

6)    International/Global Relations / Activism Today / Rights

7)    Technology / Interfaces / Multimodality


Sample Expo Opening Speech – Mac World iPhone with Steve Jobs

Best Speech Ever Made–Charlie Chaplin

How to Give Welcome Remarks

President Clinton’s Nominating Speech 2012

Michelle Obama Speech 2012 DNC