Leslie Goerner, Associate Professor, Humanities Department
EN150: Effective Speech | Syllabus
Instructor: Mrs. Leslie Goerner
English 101 Composition
understand basic speech principles/concepts
develop effective listening skills
apply principles of effective speech communication in planning and preparing a speech for a specific purpose and audience
understand and demonstrate effective uses of visual aids for various types of speeches
develop an ability to critique different types of speeches according to the principles and concepts discussed
apply principles of speech communication to interpersonal communications.
Please notify me if you have any type of disability (physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, other) which may require special accommodation. Please see me after class or during my office hours to discuss your needs. Before services can begin, you must also contact Lynn Igoe, the Coordinator of Disability Services, 792-5413 (Voice or TTY), or the Learning and Assistive Technology Specialist, at 731-5702. Both are located in Room 153 of the Academic Building on the Utica Campus. These staff members will review and assist with accommodations.
Note: Videos and PowerPoint presentations will be shown in class. Please see me in advance if you anticipate problems related to hearing or seeing these materials.
Cell Phones, I-Pods, MP3 Players...
Student use of technologies not relevant to this class is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to cell phones for conversation, games, or text messaging, MP3 players and i-Pods.
4 formal speech presentations
1 participation grade
Formal Speech Presentations
Participation Workshop Activities and Audience Support
This grade will reflect the successful completion of ongoing workshop activities and audience support including some or all of the following:
regular attendance and timely arrival*
supportive and courteous active listening for student speakers
constructive contributions to class activities and discussion
PowerPoint mini sessions with responses
in-class writing workshops for speech development
evaluations of fellow student speakers
small-group speech previews
speech draft workshops and listener responses
coaching team events
videotaped practice speech excerpts and self-evaluations
* Students arriving after an exercise has been discussed and initiated may lose full credit for the activity.
Code of Conduct
"Mohawk Valley Community College believes in the following values: social responsibility, civility, personal accountability, professional and academic ethics, personal integrity, dignity, fairness, honesty, respect for self and others and participation in local, regional and global communities" ( MVCC Student Handbook 2008-2009 page 43).
Policy on Responsible Speech Content Topics for speeches must be approved in advance. Each student is responsible for choosing subject matter that keeps in mind a diverse audience. Material that might be found in a private diary or journal is not suitable. Present chosen topics in a way that highlights events you will not regret sharing and others will not regret having heard. Word choice should meet the standard for the professional job interview. Language you would not choose with a prospective employer won't be welcome here either. Avoid cliches and conversational informalities ("gonna," "you guys," "we hung out"). Profanity, racial and ethnic slurs, and offensive content are unacceptable.
It is the student's responsibility to ask questions about this policy as it relates to a proposed topic and its content. A speech that does not adhere to these guidelines will face a grade deduction and possible cancellation even as it is being presented. In this instance, no make-up will be permitted.
Policy on Academic Integrity
Full details on course activities and policies are provided on the syllabus distributed to participating students.