Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How does an Independent Learning speech class work? Do I actually have to stand before an audience and deliver my speeches?
A: Yes! Even though Distance Education CST 100 courses are focused as an Independent Learning class, all students are required to attend four on-campus meetings in order to deliver their speeches. The preparation work is done independently but all students are required to demonstrate proficiency before a live audience.
Q: Who is my audience?
Q: May I submit video tapes of my speeches instead of appearing before the class?
A: No. All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in adapting to a live audience - after all, this is a Public speaking class!
Q: Do I have to attend all four class meetings?
Q: Must I stay for the entire class meeting? May I leave after presenting my speech?
A: It is expected that all students remain for the entire class meeting. Classes are normally arranged to meet on four Thursday evenings from 6PM until 10PM. The learning process includes both the opportunity to participate in speech making as well as opportunities to observe the speeches of other students. Leaving early denies the opportunity to participate in observation and discussion as well as denies the remaining students an audience.
Q: May I present all four of my speeches in one evening?
A: No. In order to learn, adapt and apply the principles of public speaking there must be time for composition, revision, rehearsal, delivery and feedback from the instructor for each of the four speeches.
Q: May I contact my professor for help?
All students are welcome to ask questions to clarify assignments, to submit drafts of work, etc. and are encouraged to do so.
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