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What is an oral communication class like?

I will be taking an oral communication class in the near future and wanted to see the class would be like. Also, would it be ok to take it together with an English class? Someone told me to take oral communication in a different semester for English. #college

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Nayeem’s Answer

Class Profile:


Oral Communication I is a required course in most academic programs. Therefore, enrolled students represent the demographic diversity typical of CCRI classrooms, ranging from traditional high school graduates to older, returning students. While some students may have some exposure to public speaking as part of a unit in a high school English course, others students will have had little to no exposure to public speaking. Given the anxiety that accompanies public speaking, students often delay taking this course until later in their academic program.


Course Objectives:


To increase public speaking skills by providing students with a variety of public speaking opportunities
To increase knowledge of the parts and functions of a speech
To understand the dynamics of audience demographics
To foster an awareness of the ethical responsibility of spoken discourse
To adapt to the needs of people of different backgrounds and culture, as well as to the rhetorical expectations of diverse contexts and occasions
To increase students confidence in themselves as public speakers in their academic, professional, and social lives
Student Learning Outcomes:
At the completion of this course, the student should demonstrate competencies as advocated by the National Communication Association:

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Brandon’s Answer

Hey Kemi,

I think there would be an advantage to taking an English class while completing the Public Speaking course.
It would aide in preparation and minimizing grammatical errors while learning to speak w/confidence in front of group of people.

Pro Tip: When speaking to large group of people try looking at foreheads instead of eyes directly; it helped me calm my nerves.

Best of luck!
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