This is an introductory course into the study and practice of the principles in strategic, confident, and credible public speaking. Public speaking is the process of speaking to a group of people. It is one of the most valued skills that a person can possess. The aims of public speaking are to inform, convince, influence, persuade or entertain. The course combines a number of teaching techniques including a variety of oral presentation experiences, including special occasion, personal experience, panel discussion, impromptu, debates, communication games, informative and persuasive speaking with specific focus on anxiety management, speech design, active listening, communication ethics, diverse audiences, and dynamic delivery.
Participants will practice to control their voice (pitch, intonation, and rhythm), use gestures, mimics, and eye contact with the audience. Students will be asked to give an array of speeches that will enhance their appreciation of and comfort with the art of elocution. Through oral assignments and written assignments, we will cultivate strong critical reasoning, analytical, and argumentative skills. The course will meet for 6 weeks, for a total of 12 class periods, each class lasting 3hrs, adding up to 36 total classroom hours.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Deliver a presentation effectively
Build confidence in giving presentations
Engage and involve the audience successfully
Develop successful strategies to manage difficult situations and people
Prepare and structure a presentation for maximum impact
Develop a specific action plan to build skills and confidence
Apply a series of basic guidelines to deliver formal & informal presentations
Define the purpose of their presentations based on the expected outcomes
Prepare a variety of presentations, and produce effective openings
Identify and apply a series of effective questioning techniques
Feel more confident about speaking in public through rehearsal and practice
Design evidence and visual aids, structure bridges and transitions from subject to subject, and deliver a memorable closing
The course combines a number of teaching techniques including lectures, guest lectures by those with special competences in sub fields, class discussions, group work assignments, oral presentations, role playing, evaluations of actual real life events and projects.
Each student will be required to deliver oral presentations as part of this class.
Public Speaking is a performance course. Full attendance to all sessions is mandatory. Time missed or extensive late or absences from class results in students missing integral aspects of the course and may incur grading penalties.
Ms. Leslie Ann Wills-Caton
Ms. Leslie Ann Wills-Caton is a professional production coordinator, with experience in film, theatre and events management. Because she works in the television and film industry, she has a unique ability to construct and facilitate organized teams, interface with public agencies, and network with key stakeholders.
Ms. Wills-Caton holds a bachelors degree in Psychology and Human Resource Management and is pursuing her masters in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Forensic Counseling. She volunteers at several Non-Government Organizations in relation to mental illness and substance abuse and is often facilitating workshops in communication, events management and counseling skills.
Ms. Wills-Caton is an advocate for social change and is working towards the development of mental health awareness campaigns and to provide training for companies and families affected by mental health issues. She currently manages a mental health page on facebook (Trinidad and Tobago Mental Health Awareness) and will be producing mental health short films in the near future.
Mr. Jude Bernard Phone: 796-2140 E-mail: jbernard
Tuesdays & Thursdays
5:30pm to 8:30pm
4 weeks (24 contact hours) (8 x 3-hour sessions)
Ms. Leslie Ann Wills-Caton
Tuesday 7th March 2017
Thursday 30th March 2017
Tuesday 9th May 2017
Thursday 1st June 2017
Tuesday 11th July, 2016
Thursday 3rd August 2017
Tuesday 12th September 2017
Thursday 5th October 2017
Tuesday 21st November 2017
Thursday 14th December 2017
Fees payable to CTSCBCS Registration Fees & total cost of tuition $1000 TTD, payments can be made via credit card, linx or manager's cheque.