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Revision Date: 20-Dec-23

Spring 2024 | ENG-1070-VT01 - Effective Speaking

In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Brattleboro
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Thursday, 12:15P - 03:00P
Semester Dates: 01-25-2024 to 05-02-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-11-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-24-2024 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Trish McCarthy
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Collin Lee

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
CCV Communication
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

Students develop clarity and confidence in interpersonal spoken communication by preparing and delivering various types of presentations before a class group. Emphasizes organization of material, clear and lively language, adaptation to the audience, and control of nervousness. Also covers researching the speech and using visual aids.

Essential Objectives

1. Select a topic and organize, support, and express ideas in a conversational and extemporaneous style.
2. Use the above skills for speeches in various settings, including both informal small group and formal public speaking situations, with attention to the nature and needs of differing audiences.
3. Prepare a formal presentation that demonstrates proficiency using the CCV Oral Communication Rubric.
4. Apply oral reading techniques to selected written texts.
5. Identify, analyze, and use non-verbal as well as verbal components of communications, including gesture and visual aids.
6. Identify, analyze, and use various qualities of voice.
7. Analyze and criticize speeches for substance, logic, technique, and effectiveness.
8. Explain principles of human communication and relate them to effective speaking.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Spring 2024 textbook details will be available on 2023-11-06. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


This is a highly interactive course. Students will practice giving speeches in each class and will coach and provide feedback to one another. In-class exercises, reading, discussions, and practicing speeches will be the primary forum for learning. We will be using PowerPoint and each student is expected to have a flash drive (thumb drive) to save their presentations on. Since class interaction is critical for developing the skills of oral presentations, students are strongly encouraged to attend all classes.

**Students are expected to meet with the instructor outside of regularly scheduled class time to practice their presentations and receive individual coaching.

Evaluation Criteria

Participation and stretching outside of your comfort zone is critical to achieving proficiency in speaking effectively. This course is designed for each class to build upon the knowledge and skills from previous weeks.


25% In-class participation

5% Initial Reflection paper

20% Impromptu & short speeches

20% Famous speaker presentation

20% Final presentation

10% Reflection paper

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Course Overview; Introductions; Expectations; Creating a learning environment


Homework due Week Two: Read Carnegie Part 1 “Fundamentals of Effective Speaking”1, 2 & 3, Begin Reflection Paper



Carnegie: Part I Fundamentals of Effective Speaking, Part 2 “Speech, Speaker, and Audience”


Homework due Week Three: Read Carnegie Part 2 “Speech, Speaker, and Audience” #4, 5, 6 and Part 4 #11.The Art of Communicating


Work onReflection Paper



Carnegie Part 2, “Speech, Speaker and Audience” and Part 4 #11The Art of Communicating”.


Homework due Week Four: Read and prepare highlights from Carnegie Part 3, #7 Talk to get action; #8 Talk to inform; #9 Talk to convince, #10. Making Impromptu Talks”


1st Reflection paper due



Part 3, #7 Talk to get action, #8 Talk to inform, #9 Talk to convince, #10. Making Impromptu Talks, Visual aids


Homework due Week 5: Prepared speeches

3 - 8 min. on 4 types of talks with visual aids



Enhancing your speech


Homework due Week Six: Read Carnegie Part 5, #13 “Organizing the Longer Talk” pg. 186 – 197.


Find 2 hooks from radio, television or newspaper and be prepared to present them in class; work on Famous Speaker Presentations.



Part 5, #13 “Organizing the Longer Talk”


Homework due Week Seven: Work on Famous Speaker Presentations



Working session: Famous Speaker’s Presentations


Homework before week Eight: Meet with Trish for practice outside of class



Presentations on Famous Speakers


Homework due Week Nine: Re-read “Organizing the Longer Talk", Begin work on Final Presentation



Impromptu speeches, Preparing Your Presentation


Re-read Part 3, #10: "Making Impromptu Talks"


Homework due Week Ten: Continue to work on your Final Presentation



Final Presentation - working session


Homework due Week 11: Read Carnegie Part 5 #12 “Introducing Speakers, Presenting and Accepting Awards” pg. 173 – 185



Part 5 #12 “Introducing Speakers, Presenting and Accepting Awards”


Homework due Week 12: Read Carnegie Part 5 #14 “Applying What You Have Learned” pg. 207 – 214


Homework due Week 12: Work on final presentation and Final Reflection paper



Final Presentation – working session


Homework due Week 14: Reflection paper;practice, practice!


Homework due Week 14: Reflection paper;Practice Final Presentation and time!

Partners observe and provide feedback



Final Presentation – working session


Homework this week: Meet with Trish outside of class for Practice, practice, practice!, Reflection paper due next week



Final Outlines


Reflection Paper due; Practice with Trish outside of class



Final Presentations (possibly off-site)


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

There are three different areas upon which you will be evaluated: class participation, presentations, and written material. Each of the associated rubrics will be made available in the first class.

The first area is class participation. For the first few classes, students will be asked to rate themselves on specific behaviors and recommend a grade. The self-evaluation mirrors the Participation Rubric.

The second area of evaluation is on presentations. This includes both short and long presentations. The grading in this area will expand as you learn new skills.

The third area of evaluation is "Written" material, your Initial and Final Reflection papers. For both papers you will receive an outline with specific questions to answer.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Attendance, Tardiness, and Participation:

Attendance and participation in all learning activities are keys to your success in this class. Each week builds upon the previous week, so it is important to keep up with weekly assignments.


You are allowed one absence, with extenuating circumstances, and making up the class work without penalty. If the classes are not made up, you will lose points per class. Three absences may jeopardize your grade. For more information, please read CCV’s attendance policy: CCV Attendance_Policy.pdf.

Failing Grade:

Students who do not participate in class, that is, who consistently do not: contribute to class discussions, practice new skills, or participate in exercises, will be notified that they are failing the class for non-participation.

Late Submissions Policy:

The good work habits that you are practicing in school will transfer into strong work skills in the workplace. Completing work on time is extremely important in the workplace and you may lose your job if your work is consistently late. Completing class work late also has adverse consequences.

· Quizzes and tests will not be accepted late.

· Late assignment - 10 points will be deducted for each day late.

· No assignments will be accepted after two days late.

Everyone has occasional problems, which may interfere with getting work done on time. If you believe that there are extenuating circumstances that will prevent you from completing an assignment on time, please notify me via the “Inbox” within Canvas prior to the due date to request an extension.

Extenuating Circumstances:

· Injury/Illness

· Death or birth of a family member

· Required travel for work

· Events planned prior to release of the semester course schedule

Contacting Instructor:

· The best place to ask questions of your instructor (Trish McCarthy) is via email: Patricia.mccarthy@ccv.vsc.edu.

· I will respond to all questions within 48 hours.

· If you don't hear back from me within 48 hours, assume I did not receive your message and please resend it.

· Questions should have specific subject lines to identify what is being asked or answered.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.