Public Speaking - English Department

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I am elated that you are here. For many of you, this may be an elective or a required course that you have been anticipating taking ever since you completed your EN004 and RD004 prerequisites. Whatever your reason for taking the course, we are excited to help you learn how to become a more confident and competent speaker.


Public Speaking is an art and its pedigree can be traced back to ancient Greece and Rome with Greek philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle and Roman speakers, Cicero and Quintilian.


Undoubtedly, Public Speaking is not a new phenomenon. In fact, in today’s global marketplace it is the number one skill that employers seek in employees. Also, it is the number one phobia that most people have. It is stated that people would rather die than speak publicly. Thus here at PCCC, we are going to help you overcome your FEAR and develop speaking, presenting, and listening skills that will empower, equip and enable you to become an effective speaker - publicly, professionally and personally!


Your individual instructors will provide you with a detailed syllabus, which will further expand upon the text, presentations, exams, papers, and assignments that you will be expected to engage in and complete.


Make it a great semester and remember that “all the great speakers were bad speakers at first.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Welcome again!

Professor Caffie J. Risher, MA
Course Director


Public Speaking Course Descriptions

Prepares students for effective public speaking presentations. Students research, organize, write, and deliver a variety of speeches designed to inform, persuade, motivate, and entertain in diverse public settings.