Intro to Competitive and Persuasive Speaking
Every single day people across the United States and around the world stand up in front of some kind of audience and speak. The study of public speaking is important for many reasons. On a personal level, it clears away anxiety, builds confidence, improves communication skills, and hones critical thinking. On a practical level, it increases your leadership potential, makes you more influential, and enables you to impart information and persuade and entertain others. In this Competitive and Persuasive speaking class we will introduce middle and high school students to the wonderful art of competitive speaking. Students will learn to relax in front of an audience and will discover how to write a compelling speech. We will also refine the skills of experienced speech students and prepare both the novice and the veteran for successful competition. Mrs Meyer will customize each student's curriculum depending on their skill level and experience. Students are expected to compete in a at least one speech category in a speech tournament. There are two tournaments each year at Metro and/or at venues within easy driving distance.
There are a surprising number of speech categories from which students can choose to participate. The events are broken down into four categories:
This class is designed for competition that follows the StoaUSA homeschool league.
A minimum enrollment of 8 students is required for class to form.
Tuition: $395 fall semester, $395, spring semester and a $85 per semester supply fee. Tuition is due at the beginning of each semester. These fees cover not only tuition but also a portion of resources used in class and monthly administrative fees. Please note, class will not meet on September 11th or January 22nd.
Course materials: Students will need a dedicated speech binder with paper and pockets. Students will also need to purchase A Writers Guide to Transitional Words and Expressions by Victor Pelegrino. ISBN-13: 978-0945045021