This course is designed to develop skills in preparation and delivery of oral communication. It will examine issues of organization, style, audience, and delivery. The emphasis is on combining classical elements of communication theory with personal strengths. Though it provides a foundation for preaching courses it is appropriate for students who see themselves as called to other tracks.
SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY:
In an increasingly oral culture, skill as a speaker is foundational. This course aids in developing effective communication strategies in a message-saturated, pluralistic culture
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students successfully completing CO500 will be able to:
1. Frame coherent textual content.
2. Demonstrate basic skills in verbal delivery
3. Thoughtfully evaluate their own speaking skills, as well as the skill of others.
This class meets in an intensive format over five Saturdays for four-hour sessions for a total of 20 hours. Time outside of class will be devoted to reading and preparing presentations. Time in class will be spent speaking, critiquing, discussing and growing as a communicator. This course stresses practical experience coupled with analysis and critique. Each student will deliver several brief presentations as well as share in a small group process focused on discovering elements of each otherŐs presentations.
á Litfin, A. Duane. Public Speaking : A Handbook for Christians. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House, 1981. ISBN: 0801056055 (pbk.) 352pp. (MSRP $40.00)
á Peterson, Eugene. Working the Angles. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1987. ISBN: 978-0802802651. (MSRP $14.00)
1. Brief speaking assignments (4) to be delivered in class (2-8 minutes ea.). (50%)
2. Participation in a small group critical process analysis. (10%)
3. In class quizzes (10%)
4. Three brief papers (3-6 pgs) focusing on rhetorical analysis, including viewing M.L. KingŐs I Have A Dream speech and including significant comments on it in your paper. (10%)
5. Final critique/analysis project (5-10 pages) (20%)
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM:
Meets M.Div. core requirement in Preaching and Communication (MIN 2); NOTE: MAT students should meet with their advisor prior to taking this course to meet the communication requirement. M.Div students are advised to take this course prior to taking other preaching courses.
FINAL EXAMINATION: None
Note: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design, but is subject to modification.