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Public Speaking

Grades 8 - 12
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Course Schedule
Class Follows Upper Fall Only Schedule
Dates: 2022-08-16 to 2022-12-13
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Tue: 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Tuition: $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 is terrified of speaking in front of others, this class will give them the tools and confidence to do so. Or, if your student loves speaking already, and has a lot to say, this course can help them make what they say cohesive, organized, and intentional. 

In this course students learn how to write and deliver several different kinds of speeches. These include an introduction speech, information speech, visual aides speech, and a persuasive speech. Students also learn how to create a short speech quickly and on the spot. It can be done. The course includes a textbook, homework assignments, speech writing, and two quizzes. It is designed for students grades 8-12 and can can count as an english/language arts credit for Indiana Core 40.

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. The cost is $185. It can be used toward an English Credit or an Elective credit.


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About Diane

Diane Cullen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Business from Taylor University. She has taught at Cornerstone for nine years classes such as Speech, Debate, Literature, Life Skills, Career Planning, and Theater. Previously, Diane led Truth Advocates Speech and Debate Club for nine years teaching students the art of writing, speaking, and debate. She has judged and given feedback on hundreds of speeches and debates. She also served as Indiana State Representative for NCFCA (National Christian Forensics and Communications Association) running competitive tournaments for a six-state region. She taught Career Decision making at IUS for fifteen years. While at IUS, Diane was the Internship Coordinator and taught students how to write resumes and interview. She is a certified administrator for the Myers Briggs Type Indicator personality/career assessment. She loves helping students develop their giftings and develop skills for the future.

Diane homeschooled her five children who have graduated from high school and college. In her free time, she enjoys reading, designing homes, discussing good books, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with friends and family.

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