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Speech Courses

Classical Speech
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This course is designed to give students skill, confidence, and fluency in public speaking. Speech is as much about training students to think as it about oral communication. Students who are trained to speak well are also trained to think well. Throughout the course we will study the structure and style of great historical speeches and the five cannons of rhetoric: inventio, dispositio, elocutio, memoria and pronuntiatio. The five cannons will lead students through a process of formulating arguments and putting information together in powerful structures so that they can communicate effectively. During the course of the semester students will have extensive opportunities to speak in front of the class. At the start of the semester we will pay special attention to helping students overcome the fear of public speaking. Students will need to purchase the textbook before the first day of class.


  • The Art of Public Speaking, Ninth Edition, Stephen Lucas ISBN-13 978-0-07-313564-9. The textbook can be purchased used online at Amazon. We will have several used editions of the textbook for sale this summer at Orientation.

  • In addition to the textbook, students will need to purchase a course supplement from their instructor the first day of class.

Intro to Speech, Debate and Mock Trial 
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This course will provide a fun introduction to competitive speech, debate and mock trial. All three units will develop students’ critical thinking, analytical and oral communication skills.



In the fall, we will learn about the various types of speech events, how to find or write speeches, and how to prepare for the presentation. Students will give their finished speech performances in November.



During the winter, we will learn about debate format, research and argumentation. Students will then work in pairs to conduct debate research and prepare their case for class debates in February.


Mock Trial:

In the spring, we will have an introductory unit on mock trial. We will learn about the various types of trials, the rules of evidence, and how to conduct direct and cross-examinations. Students will have the opportunity to act as witnesses or attorneys during class trials at the end of the year.



Students should plan to spend approximate three hours/week outside of class. All speeches, debates and mock trial rounds will be held during class time. Students will have the opportunity to compete independently in area speech and debate tournaments if they wish, but competition is not required.


  • Materials will be finalized by the end of summer.


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