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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 07-Dec-23

Spring 2024 | ENG-1070-VU01 - Effective Speaking

In Person Class

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

Location: Winooski
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Monday, 11:45A - 02:30P
Semester Dates: 01-22-2024 to 04-29-2024
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


Vincent Pizzigno
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Ashraf Alamatouri

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 only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.


To achieve the learning stated in the Essential Objectives for this course, methods include:

  • Round table discussions,
  • Role play,
  • Selected readings,
  • Short essays and discussion posts,
  • Speeches, and
  • Constructive feedback from instructor and students.

Evaluation Criteria

The following outlines the areas of student activity meriting a grade and its percentage of the final grade.

  • 20% of final grade: Class Participation. All students are expected to come to class prepared and to engage meaningfully and respectfully.
  • 25% of final grade: Essays. These are short compositions that are submitted on time, well conceived, substantive, and grammatically correct.
  • 5% of final grade: Discussion Posts. This is a forum to share ideas or provide advice in response to questions or situations that are submitted on time, well conceived, substantive, and grammatically correct.
  • 50% of final grade: Speeches. These are varietal in nature and involve planning, research, audience engagement, viable content, organization, and practice… all rooted in the competencies stated in the CCV Oral Communication Rubric.

The following provides a narrative to the grades.

  • A Assessment at this range is extraordinary performance, indicated by an unusually high level of original, insightful, and critical thinking, expanded understanding of issues, and pristinely clear and succinct oral and written expression.
  • B Assessment at this range is better than average performance, indicated by originality, sound comprehension and expression of the issues, and attention to detail.
  • C Assessment at this range is satisfactory, indicated by average thinking and understanding of issues and adequate expression.
  • D Assessment at this range indicates marginal performance demonstrated by lack of preparation, understanding, commitment, and output.
  • F This assessment is failure to meet course objectives and/or grading criteria for successful completion, indicated by major difficulty understanding course material and/or not fulfilling assignments as prescribed.

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

Nature, types, and ways of communication



Nature, types, and ways of communication, cont.



Communication theories

Obstacles to effective communication



Self-awareness, Listening, and Empathy



Ethics in communication



Speaking purposes





Developing, outlining and organizing a speech



Supporting information

Visual aids





Rhetorical devices



Podcasts and Online communication



Developing confidence


Things that can go wrong



Review of speaking principles, contexts, and techniques



An informative speech



A persuasive speech



A giving speech



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

Come prepared.

Be self-aware.


Think creatively and critically.

Challenge the discussion.

Be positive, sincere, and respectful.

Act with integrity and good intent.

Make a commitment to succeed.

Accept responsibility.

Seek feedback.

Missing & Late Work Policy

A late homework submission may be accepted within two days of its initial due date, however, its grade will not exceed a “B”. Conversely, speeches or presentations must be fulfilled on their respective due dates.

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.