This is a 10-week course consisting of weekly, 90-minute instruction, guidance, and coaching in the public speaking process (speech-making) designed to help prepare international middle to high-school-age students to grow in confidence and excel with oral presentations to their fellow students and administrative/entrance school staff, for both the United States high school and college classroom environments. In addition, students will be introduced to the major types of speech presentations they will likely be assigned while taking completing a public speaking and/or introductory communication course during their high school and college careers as well as an introduction and familiarization with the US high school and college classroom environment with an emphasis on the peer feedback process for presentation assignments.
Upon completion of the course, students will prepare and deliver different types of public speeches, learn how to prepare a speech outline, organize and support a speech with the help of visual aids, and other means. Students will understand the importance of non-verbal communication and non-verbal behavior when presenting to an audience, learn and implement effective interpersonal communication skills, and provide peer feedback to fellow students. At the end of the course, students will prepare, practice, present, and document a final presentation that can be used for school applications or individual academic portfolios.
Topics for this course include, but are not limited to: how to use and implement visual aids for recorded speech presentations, how to structure and outline the informative speech, preparing visual aids, how to teach non-experts, examples of different types of speeches, etc.
Students and their parents will receive brief feedback after each class regarding the student’s general participation in class. Students will also receive feedback on graded assignments via email.
10 group classes, 1.5 hours each, 15 hours in total