Speech introduces the student to the communication process, listening skills, viewing skills, and public speaking. Emphasis is placed on student performance activities.
College Speech (concurrent credit) emphasizes the theory and practice of informative public speaking, logical argumentation, persuasion, small group discussion, and interpersonal communication. It is designed to help students engage in the understanding of human communication and practice of improving one’s ability to express ideas orally. The course will meet the requirements of the credit-granting university.
Competitive Speech is an advanced course in public speaking with emphasis on competition in interscholastic speech contests. Speech categories include oratory, extemporaneous, retold story, sales, expository, impromptu, panel discussion, radio, oratorical analysis, humorous and serious interpretation, and after dinner speaking.
Advanced Competitive Speech is an advanced course in public speaking with emphasis on competition in interscholastic speech contests for varsity level speakers. Students will be offered the opportunity to compete in interscholastic debate contests.
Debate is for beginning debaters only. The course includes extensive library research, logic and reasoning, organization techniques, public speaking experience, and fundamentals of argumentation and debate.
Advanced Debate is for varsity level debaters and emphasizes individual research; affirmative and negative case strategies, and analysis of theory and argumentation. The course involves extensive outside of class research and preparation time. Students will be offered the opportunity to compete in interscholastic debate contests.