Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE The Basics of Public Speaking and Debating

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Centre for English Language Proficiency

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will take students through the basics of public speaking and debating.

Beginning with an emphasis on the core public speaking skills, the unit will ensure student participation and practice in the ability to:
- Use body, voice and pitch to deliver a speech effectively.
- Use the appropriate language and register to address various audiences.
- Use structure and coherence to be clear and concise.

Following these exercises, students will be introduced to basic debating skills with a focus on:
- Debating practices and procedures.
- Stating and Listening; the Art of Rebuttal.
- Developing and Sustaining Arguments.
- Persuasive speaking in public.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to develop students' skills in organising and structuring effective communication. It will increase their confidence to speak in public and enhance their ability negotiate and pitch ideas through discussion and debating exercises.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Speak more confidently and effectively in public.
- Use language in a variety of registers.
- Use the right vocabulary for presentations and debates.
- Structure and present ideas.
- Understand the rules of valid argumentation.
- Debate and negotiate a variety of topics convincingly.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Control body, voice and intonation to adapt to different audiences.
- Adapt language registers to the scope of various presentation styles.
- Use various presentation structures.
- Listen effectively and rebut arguments.
- Speak persuasively in front of an audience.
- Argue in favour and against various propositions.
- Structure speeches of different lengths.
- Present their ideas professionally.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Harvey-Smith, Neill, The Practical Guide to Debating (New York: International Debate Education Association, 2011).
- Hughes, Dominic and Phillips, Benedict, The Oxford Union Guide to Speaking in Public (London: Virgin Books Ltd., 2000).
- Lucas, Stephen E., The Art of Public Speaking (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004).
- Sather, Trevor, Pros and Cons: A Debater's Handbook (London: Routledge, 1999).
- Weston, Anthony, A Rulebook for Arguments (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company Inc., 2009).

Students will also be provided with a reading pack.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Reassessment is 50% Presentation & 50% Assignment.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork [See Add. Notes] See note below Yes 100%
Note: Assessment due will vary according to the study-unit availability.

LECTURER/S Stefania Pace
Jean Theuma

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