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Public Speaking

Grades 8 - 12
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Course Schedule

2021-08-12 - 2021-12-09
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Thu: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
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Thu: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Cost: $185 / Semester
Supplies: $0
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About the Course
Public Speaking

Being able to speak in front of others is an important life skill. Speaking does not have to be stressful. Once students learn how to organize and write a speech, it is easier than many think. If your student loves speaking already, and always has a lot to say, this course can help them make what they say cohesive, organized, and intentional. Speech can count as an english/language arts credit for Indiana Core 40.

In this course students learn how to write and deliver several different kinds of speeches, starting with simple ones, and moving to more advanced. Students will also develop the skill of being able to create a short speech quickly and on the spot. It can be done. Speaking skills can be developed and will help your student in many areas throughout life. This class is designed for students aged 12 and older.  

Textbook: “The Art of Platform Speaking, Learning from Great Orators,” Author: Teresa M. Moon with Michele Ganev, Publisher: Communicators Advantage Project, ©2009, ISBN 9780981814131

This is a one semester class offered in the fall and spring based on interest.


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About Diane

Diane Cullen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Taylor University. Diane worked at IUS in the Career Placement Office as the Internship Coordinator for 5 years placing students in internships, coaching them on interviewing skills and resume writing. She also taught Career Decision Making at IUS for 15 years. She is a certified administrator for the Myers Briggs Type Indicator personality/career assessment. Most recently, she served as the Coach/Director for Truth Advocates Speech and Debate Club for nine years. Her family was involved in competitive speech and debate for fourteen years.

Diane enjoys helping students discover the gifts and talents God has given them while directing them toward their best career fit. She also enjoys teaching students to speak confidently and effectively. In her free time, she hikes and kayaks, and spends time with family and friends. She has five children whom have graduated from home school.

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