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English 130: Communication Techniques and Speech
The American Business School in Paris
Paris, France

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
English 100 English 3 45 English 101 (Academic Methodology) and English 110 (Critical Reading and Writing 1)

This is a highly participative course helping students to assess and improve their own communication competencies.  Students will explore different techniques for public speaking and presentation in a variety of situations.

The course will draw on role-playing, debates, speeches, presentations, aural and video analysis, mime and drama, and listening techniques in order for students to gain an insight into the diversity, depth, and sophistication required in effective communication and public speaking.  Students will get plenty of opportunities to apply and acquire confidence with the skills and techniques by working individually and in teams.  The class draws on the the student's involvement and participation, as the learning process is cumulative.  Therefore, 100% class attendance is mandatory. 

Will be covered in class:
- Introducing oneself, giving instructions, teaching a skill
- Coaching and giving feedback
- Developing a toolkit for communication
- Voice production, intonation, and communicating emotions
- Working with the body
- Delivering speeches; presenting a class paper
- Chairing a meeting; debating
- Listening and mirroring

Principles of Public Speaking, German et al, 17th edition, Pearson, 2010

The final grade will be based on class involvement and participation (40%), individual speech and presentation (20%), a team debate (20%), and a group presentation (20%).

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