This course teaches the fundamentals of public speaking. It will identify the primary methods and tools that speakers use to increase their effectiveness, including voice, nonverbal delivery, language, audience analysis, topic selection, speech delivery, and speech evaluation. Students will build their skills in speaking by discussing and practicing the use of support materials, research methods and strategies, speech organization, and the different speech forms used in public speaking.
Note: This course, designed for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors, satisfies Canterbury School's speech requirement. This class is eligible for one-half credit pending approval from the student’s school.
CREDIT COURSES ATTENDANCE AND HOMEWORK POLICY
It is critical for students to attend class and be on time every day in a summer course. Therefore, the only excused absence granted will be for illness with a doctor’s note or an unexpected, significant situation. All other absences will be unexcused and may result in academic consequences including, but not limited to, grade penalties. Planned absences, such as a missed class for a family trip, an appointment, or a sports tournament, are not permitted. Two unexcused absences in a three-week course will result in a failing grade on the student’s transcript. Please note that regular and/or significant late arrivals to class will be considered unexcused absences. Students who attend classes in the summer at Canterbury are expected to be in class every day, to be on time every day, and to be fully engaged in class. In addition to being punctual and in class every day, students must also do all of the assigned homework. Because of the importance of all students being ready to fully participate in class, the following procedure will apply to all students:
If a student comes to class unprepared (did not attempt all homework), that student will be given a warning and will be expected to complete the missed assignment for the next day. The second time the student comes to class unprepared, that student will be excused from class immediately and sent to the Summer Program’s director’s office. The Summer Programs director will decide on the next steps, which may include dropping the student from the class, in which case no refund will be awarded to the family.
Students and parents should be careful in how they plan their summer, reducing the number of activities that the student is involved with outside of class time. Activities like sports, music lessons, family and community time, should be measured with the high requirements of taking a summer course in mind.