CALS 183 Communication Methods Lecture Outline, Lecture Two.

Tuesday/Thursday, 4/6 September 2012

Lecture A Tuesdays 1:00-2:15pm, code 90181, Room: 122 Hills
Lecture B Thursdays 1:00-2:15pm, code 91886, Room: 122 Hills

Please put away all electronic devices (lap tops, cell phones, Blackberrys, I-Pods, etc.) and take out something to write with and paper.

Speaking Posture

Today's attendance speech (15-30 seconds, line up, concentrate on your posture): Name (pause breathe), where you get your current events/news coverage?

  1. No labs this week.  Labs start again next Monday (Sept 10).
  2. Practice your dramatic reading and/or informational presentation in front of others and get feedback (Dramatic Readings -See Syllabus #4- beginning Next week!).
  3. Reading in Present Yourself, Chapters 4-6.  Quiz on Present Yourself will be Sept 18/20 in lecture.  Be on time or lose points.
  4. Check Syllabus speaking schedule for when you are reading and your lab role.
  5. Outside Speech Critique assignment.  UVM lecture calendar site.
  6. Class Attendance Policy from syllabus: Unexcused absences from lecture or lab result in 1% reduction of your final course grade for each unexcused absence.  Attendance will be taken each lecture and lab. This is not a class to cut and get notes from someone else. This is a class where you must come to lecture and lab a few minutes early every time and be ready to participate for the entire lecture or lab.  Athletes are excused only for Varsity Games (and work is expected to be made up within one week).  No students have earned an A in this course who have had more than two unexcused absences. If you can not make a class, you must notify your instructor before the class.  Notification after the fact (Ex post facto) will result in a zero for that class and assignment.  If you miss a speaking assignment without notifying your instructor before the class or if you miss a speaking assignment because you were not prepared, you will earn a zero for that assignment. Only extreme legitimate prior-notification absences (death in the family, serious illness, or accident) will be made up.  For an excuse to be legitimate you must contact the CALS Deans Office (Rose Laba, 656-0289, and Rose will notify Dr. Leonard.  This should be a very rare occurrence. 
  7. Get a 2GB + flash drive for lab.


The single most important thing to do in preparing to speak: Practice in front of others and get feedback!

Must Knows: Your Subject, Your Audience

Dramatic Reading Critique sheet, dramatic readings begin in lab Monday September 10.  Questions?

Informational Presentation Critique sheet, Informational presentations begin in lab Monday September 24.

Ric Elias's TED Talk Revist & Critique.

Critique "Tsunami" informational speech

Critique "Eating with your Hands" speech