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EN 410


    People take public speaking courses for many reasons: some because they feel shy and want to be able to speak confidently when the need arises; some are required to take them for their majors; some simply need an elective and choose this course.  Whatever the reason for taking the course, it serves well to be able to present ideas clearly.  Attendance is important for the class since when one is not speaking, one is a necessary part of the audience.

Course: EN 410─Public Speaking

            General Objectives: The development of clear and effective oral communication, including:

                                                            1) presenting speeches in public
                                                            2) listening carefully and thinking critically
                                                            3) evaluating speeches of others
                                                            4) researching to support point of view.

    The catalogue description of this course is:

EN 410 Public Speaking 3-0-3
The development of clear and effective oral communication. Students will learn discussion techniques and prepare and deliver various types of speeches.

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Gettysburg Address:
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    Public Speaking Check Sheet


Remember with your outline that if you divide something, and it has only one subdivision, it is not divided; you have just elaborated on it. 

If you have a I, you must have at least a II.  If you have an A, you must have at least a B.  The outline must be typed.

The form for an outline is as illustrated

Attention Getter:









II.              ...and so on...


The chart below is an illustration of the outline which your formal speeches should have.  Click on the picture to enlarge it.  This may be printed.


Below are examples of previous students' outlines.  They serve simply as an example and are not to be printed.
You may take notes on these.

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If it is not on your own computer, a free copy is available here:

All of the speech outlines below are good, but one, at least, does not have a clincher. Yours should have all those elements: the different orientations listed and an attention-getter as well as a clincher. In a most cases, you should also have a list of references on a separate page.  Your note cards will not be the same as your outline.  On those, you must have the first and last sentence, but you might not want to include your entire outline.  The outline is handed in; the note cards are not.  You may want to use your cards when you work with a tutor in the Audrey Bard Skills Center.

Final Speech Outline One

Final Speech Outline Two

Final Speech Outline Three