641 Speech

1 semester, ½ credit

Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Speech is designed to acquaint beginning speakers with the essentials of effective speech design and delivery. Through numerous and varied speech experiences, the students will learn to (1) overcome nervous tension and eliminate habits which hamper effective delivery, (2) design and deliver effective speeches, and (3) analyze and critique different speaking experiences. This course helps the student understand communication skills and helps the student understand and practice skills necessary for a variety of communication and public speaking situations.  The course covers an introduction to communication, the various types of messages used in communication, and various speech performances.

Note: 641 Speech is required for graduation and is a prerequisite for 643 Acting I, 646 Competitive Speaking, and 651 Honors Speech Communications.


By the completion of this course, students will be able to...

  1. Perform a variety of increasingly challenging public speaking activities.
  2. Identify and build upon existing strategies for development of speech topics and/or performance situations.
  3. Utilize the body as an aid in the delivery of various types of communication/performance activities.
  4. Utilize poise and control while presenting in front of audiences.
  5. Utilize vocal qualities as an aid in the delivery of various types of performances.
  6. Formulate and follow a written outline in oral deliveries.
  7. Record speeches on the iPads, watch, and evaluate the speeches from their iPads.
  8. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their own communication and the communication of others.
  9. Prepare and utilize a visual aid.
  10. Use the internet to research effectively for informative and persuasive speeches.
  11. Identify forms of communication.
  12. Write outlines, introductions, and conclusions.


By the completion of this course, students will know...

  1. How communication works 
  2. The effects of non-verbal messages 
  3. The effects of vocal messages  
  4. The effects of verbal messages
  5. The purpose of an introduction speech 
  6. The purpose of a narrative speech 
  7. The benefits of well-designed visual aids
  8. The purpose of a demonstration speech 
  9. The purpose of a informative speech
  10. The purpose of a persuasive speech 


This course last updated on January 27, 2021, by the Fine Arts Department.