SpCm 497: Speech Communication Capstone  Syllabus for Spring 2004

    "What do we teach when
 we teach public speaking?"

Dr. Amy Slagell, 421 Ross Hall
Office 421 Ross Hall 294-3053 and 230 Pearson 294-3425
Office Hours: 11-12 T and 12:30-1:30 Wed. in 230 Pearson Hall, and by appointment
e-mail address: speechlady@iastate.edu

Hillary Clinton speaking

•    To demonstrate an understanding of the history of public speaking education from the classical period to modern times.
•    To recognize the varying emphases given to study of each of the canons of rhetoric across different cultures and times.
•    To be able to read, write and speak about the process of speech training within a variety of contexts. 
•    To discover resources, web-based and library-based, to enhance the study of public speaking.
•    To appreciate the components of and to move closer to the ideal of "eloquence."

Required Texts:
    Reading packet as announced in class.
Graded Assignments:  
     1. Textbooks Project (20%)
•    Oral presentation comparing the table of contents from public speaking textbooks written since 1970. [Work in pairs looking at 3 books total or do it on your own looking at 2 books.] Due Jan. 27.
•    Written paper (3-4 pp.) and oral presentation taking a closer look at one rhetorical canon in two textbooks.  One book should be from pre-1970 and the other from after 1990.  More Info
      2. Public Speaking Instruction Pre-1900, United States (15%)  More Info
 •    Handout and oral presentation --on assigned reading
      3. Exploring public speaking training on your career path. (30%)  More Info
 •    Written paper (5-7pp.) and oral presentation.
 •    Interview someone about the oral communication skills needed in the workplace situation where you would like to end up.
 •    Discover how they do or how they have trained people to speak in that area of work.  Read one book or 4 articles (to be approved by Dr. Slagell) and examine it/them in context of what we have learned here.

   Classwork:    20% Variety of in and out of class assignments and participation.

   Exams:    15% Final Exam; take home essay and in class orals  [Tentative Schedule:  Mon., May 5  9:45-11:45 a.m.]       

Course Policies:   
1. Regular and timely class attendance is essential.  We are a very small group and your presence will be depended upon.  After 2 misses or significant tardies you can expect an impact on your final grade.  Assignments and due dates will be made clear in class, so if you miss a day that is the kind of information you will want to get from a peer. Please be in touch with me beforehand about absences.  You will be giving many presentations in this class; not showing up for a scheduled presentation will have a significant impact on your grade.

2. Papers are to be typed and stapled and should include full bibliographic citations.

3. Your written work should be accurate in spelling, grammar, and other aspects of composition.  It should meet high standards of organization, precision, and other aspects of style.  If you do not already own one, you should purchase a good style manual that will answer your questions regarding punctuation, sentence structure, abuses and faults of composition, footnote and bibliography style, etc. (See pages on the web for advice about writing–through “Assignments” page.)

4. Your oral work should meet high standards of preparation and organization and should indicate a conscious effort to engage your audience through content and/or delivery.

T    13    Introduction to Course and to Each Other: How did you come to this place?

R    15    What do we tell people about when they ask us to teach them to give a speech?  Share your reflections.

T    20     What would the Public Speaking textbooks teach them? Working on Presentations--initial response

R    22    What did you think of the speech?  Reflections on the State of the Union Address.

T    27    What do Contemporary Textbooks Teach?  Presentations for Comparison and Critique
R    29    What do Textbooks Teach? Wrap-up and begin What would ancient rhetoricians teach? 
Read: For today read The first 4 installments of Michael Sproule's Heritage of Public Speaking detailed on the readings page.

T     3    What would ancient rhetoricians teach?
R     5    No Class: Finish Reading Quintilian

T    10   A closer look at classical training for speakers.
R    12    Finish Quintilan Book 2 and begin Classical Training Exercises: Developing Invention Skills

T    17    Classical Rhetoric Quintilian, excerpts from Books 11 and 12  Quintilian's Institutes of Oratory.  Study questions

R    19    Classical Exercises: Developing Invention Skills
               The Division of Rhetoric in the Medieval period

T    24    Speech Training Comes to America: The Early Period (http://www.mhhe.com/socscience/comm/lucas/student/heritage/sproule5.htm)

R    26   Elocutionist Delivery Training: Sample Presentation on Transformations of Rhetoric in the 19th century.  Begin reading as assigned;
   Midterm course evaluation

T     2     Presentation Preparation.  MEET AS SCHEDULED IN THE MEMORIAL UNION PINE ROOM---9:15-10 or 10-10:45.
Be ready to show evidence of your reading of your assigned essay--have notes of main ideas prepared.  Be ready to discuss plans for your presentation with me and with your peers.

R     4   Ninteenth Century Education Presentations Begin--Overview essays presented by Jesse [Elocution in Colleges]  and
  and then a presentation on the training book Chironomia. by Stephanie and Lindsay.  Discuss Assignment for Textbook Project II

T    9   Ninteenth Century Education Presentations--Dennis on Privacy in Elocution; Holly on Delsarte's system of oratory; Jared on Campbell's handbook;
and Ryan's history on Speech Education in 19th century public schools.
R    11   Finish Ninteenth Century Education Presentations  Crystal on Gender issues and rhetoric in the 19th century and
   Mandy on Speech Education Organizations; Tom on the "Art of Oratory."
               Topic Ideas for final project due.

SPRING BREAK: March 15-19

T    23    Review Rhetorical Canons; Read Success and Public Speaking:  [http://www.mhhe.com/socscience/comm/lucas/student/heritage/sproule6.htm]
    Review Requirements for Final Project;  Work on Public Speaking Textbook Project In Class.

R    25   Workshop Textbook Presentations

T    30    Textbook Presentations

R     1    Textbook Presentations
   What do we know so far? [Sproule questions due]
T     6    Work Day [Sproule questions due]

R    8    In Class Work Day

T    13    Final Presentations [in religion]   During these presentations be prepared to serve a few times as peer critics for each other, for classwork point credit.
R    15    Final Presentations [in business and sales]

T    20    Final Presentations [in politics]

R    22    Final Presentations [in education]

T    27    Final Presentations [in law]
R    29    Reflections

Tentative Schedule for the Final Exam: Tues., May 4      9:45-11:45 a.m.