Oral Communications Instructor: Mrs. Rieger Maine South High School Office: PA 103 B E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Grade Level: 10 – 12 Course Description: Oral Communication is a required course for all Maine South and Maine West students. The purpose of this course is to help improve their skills as speakers and listeners. The students will learn skills for successful interpersonal, intrapersonal and group communication situations. This is a communication course, not a public speaking course, and students will be able to utilize what is learned and apply it in school, at home, at work and with friends. Course Goals: 1. The student will develop a general knowledge of the process of oral communication. 2. The student will gain poise and self-confidence when communicating with others. 3. The student will develop appreciation, sensitivity and tolerance in communicating with others. 4. The student will develop organizational and analytical skills that will enable him/her to effectively present ideas to an individual or group. 5. The student will understand and utilize the techniques of effective listening. 6. The student will gain skills in researching communication topics. Major Topics: 1. Speech Preparation 2. Interpersonal Communication 3. Intrapersonal Communication 4. Interview Speech 5. Brown Bag Speech 6. Gripe Speech 7. Personal Experience Speech 8. Demonstration Speech 9. Persuasion Speech (FINAL) 10. Group Dynamics 11. Research 12. Non-Verbal Communication 13. Perception 14. Listening 15. Following Directions 16. Communication Model Grading Philosophy: Oral Communications grades are based on individual improvement in communication skills. Therefore, the majority of the student’s grade is determined by evaluations of speeches given in class. IN order to pass the course, students must present five required speeches. Journals are also used for self-assessment and as a way for students to express ideas and thoughts and to record new concepts and vocabulary learned each day. Students are also given participation points for their attitudes and behavior during class. Grades are based on the following percentages; Speaking Evaluations- 55% Written Work – 10% Journal – 25% Activities and Participation – 10% Grading Scale 90%-100% = A 80%- 89% = B 70%- 79% = C 60%- 69% = D 59% or Below = F Extra credit will be given for attending Maine South or Maine West theatre performances. A 1% allowance can be adjusted if a student has shown good work habits and a good attitude.