Course Title : Public Speaking
Code Course
Credits ECTS
COM 304-1 B 6 3 0 0 3.00 6
Lecturer and Office Hours
Teaching Assistant and Office Hours
Language Albanian
Course Level
Description Throughout human history people have used public speaking as a vital means of communication. Public speaking is a way of making public the ideas, the sharing of these ideas with other people and a manner of influencing individuals. In this course we will talk about the art of public speaking and analyzing all factors affecting the preparation and maintenance of a good speech to the public. To be effective, for such a communication we must known all the elements involved in such an interaction. Audience analysis, preliminary research, choice of topics, the drafting of the speech in a structured way, obedience are some of the issues we will address together.
Objectives At the end of this course, the student will be familiar with the presentation of a well prepared presentation, appropriate to the respective situation. To do this, we will focus on several aspects such as: Haw can we be ethical speakers and listeners? Identifying the central elements to a logical and well-organized message; Identification and introduction of various kinds of lectures etc..
Course Outline
1Introduction to public speaking; The tradition of public speaking; Similarities between Public Speaking and conversation; Public Speaking and critical thinking
2Analyzing the audience; The psychology of Audiences; Demographic Audience analysis; Situational audience analysis; Getting information about the audience
3Selecting a topic and a purpose; Choosing a topic; Determining of general and specific purpose; Phrasing the central idea
4Ethics and Public Speaking; The importance of ethics; Guidelines for Ethical Speaking; Plagiarism; Gudielines for ethical listeningListening; Listening and critical thinking; Causes for poor listening
5Gathering materials; Using your own knowledge and experience; Doing library research; Searching the internet; Interviewing; Tips for doing research
6Organizing the body of the speach; Main points; Supporting materials; Connectives
7Beginning and ending the speech; The introduction; The conclusion; Outlining the speech; The preparation outline; The speaking outline
8Using language; Meanings of words; Using language accurately; Using language vividely
9Delivery; Methods of delivery; The speaker’s voice; The speaker’s body
10Using virtual aids; Kinds of visual aids; Using Power Point
11Types of speeches; Speaking to inform; Speaking to persuade
12Methods of persuasion; Building credibility; Using evidence; Reasoning; Appealing to emotions
13Speaking on special occasions; Speeches of introduction; Speeches of presentations; Speeches of acceptence; Commemorative speeches
14Speaking in small groups; What is a small group? Leadership and responsibilities in a small group; The reflective – thinking method; Presenting the recommendations of the group
15Review; Students presentations
16Final Exam
Other References
Laboratory Work
Computer Usage
Learning Outcomes and Competences
1Students will gain knowledge on the occurrence of a well-argued and well-presented lecture, appropriate to the situation concerned.
2Students will develop critical thinking on the perception of the message distributed and analyzing the audience before and after the public speech
3Students will be able to identify the central elements to a logical message
Course Evaluation Methods
In-term studies Quantity Percentage
Term Projects120
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade60
Contribution of final examination to overall grade40
ECTS (Allocated Based on Student) Workload
Activities Quantity Duration
Total Workload
Course Duration (Including the exam week : 16 x Total course hours) 16348
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14228
Assignments 23060
Midterms 000
Final examination 11515
Other 000
Total Work Load 151
Total Work Load / 25 (hours) 6.04

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