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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. She has served as the Coach/Director for Truth Advocates Speech and Debate Club since 2012, and as a state representative for the National Christian Forensics and Commnications Association since 2015. Her family has been involved in competitive speech and debate since 2007. She has five children whom she has home schooled.

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, dress for success, etiquette, networking, and resume writing. She taught Career Decision Making at IUS for 15 years and has taught Career Development at Cornerstone for several years. She is a certified administrator for the Myers Briggs Type Indicator personality/career assessment. She has also worked in television, has conducted corporate training workshops, and has trained students in various aspects of professional development.

She 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 for the glory of God, while mentoring/teaching them about Biblical Leadership. In her free time, she finds joy in being outside hiking and kayaking, spending time with family and friends, and designing welcoming and functional spaces for herself and others.

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