Public Speaking

This course is designed to give the student exposure to and experience using basic principles and skills of oral communication in the public context.

Emphasis will be on the development of speech organization, support and delivery. Informative and persuasive speeches will be practiced. An important outcome of the course is that the student better understands and appreciate the important role public speaking plays in modern society.

Over the course, students will give approximately 10 different types of speeches:

+ How-To Speech
+ Description Speech
+ Persuasion Speech
+ Technical Speech
+ Speech about an Occasion
+ Speech of Actuation
+ Extemporaneous/Impromptu Speech
+ Debate
+ Final Persuasion Speech (long)

After each set of speeches, group discussions will focus on what worked, what did not work and what the students can do to make the speech better.  Class size is limited to 16 students.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
MLSC 614 Dennis Huston On-campus 6:15 – 9:30 p.m. Thursday, September 6, 2018

Instructor: Dennis Huston

J. Dennis Huston, Ph.D., is the Gladys Louise Fox Professor Emeritus of English at Rice University. From 1969 through his retirement in 2017, he taught humanities, drama, public speaking, freshman English and Shakespeare on film, among other topics. Dr. Huston has won a number of George R. Brown teaching awards, Nicholas Salgo Teaching Prizes and received the 1990 Professor of the Year award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation. Dr. Huston holds a doctorate from Yale University and is the author of “Shakespeare’s Comedies of Play.” Houston Metropolitan Magazine previously named Dr. Huston one of the “Ninety Best Things About Houston.”

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Sept. 06, 2018

End Date: Nov. 15, 2018

Schedule: 6:15 – 9:30 p.m.

Length: Thursdays

Location: Rice campus

Note: This course is part of the Graduate Liberal Studies program. For more information on how to apply, click ADMISSIONS below.

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