CALS 183 Communication Methods Lecture TWO Outline, Tuesday January 21, Thursday January 23

Lecture A (CRN 12028) Tuesdays 2:30-3:45pm Flemming 101
Lecture B (CRN 91633) Thursdays 2:30-3:45pm Given E 131 (Carpenter Auditorium)

Introductions.  Please put away all electronic devices (lap tops, smart phones, iPods, iPads etc.) and take out something to write with and paper.

Attendance Introductions (30 seconds): Name (slowly), my most memorable moment in 2013 was when...


  1. Bookmark Syllabus URL:
  2. Read Syllabus carefully!
  3. No Labs this week, Lectures meet.
  4. Practice your dramatic reading and informational presentation in front of others and get feedback (Dramatic Readings beginning next week!).
  5. Read Present Yourself, Chapters 4-6.  Quiz on Present Yourself will be Feb 11,13 in lecture.
  6. Get Flash Drive (2+ Gigs) and bring to lab when you present your Dramatic Reading.
  7. Check Syllabus speaking schedule for when you are reading and your lab role.  Schedules are changing - BE READY TO GIVE YOUR DRAMATIC READING NEXT WEEK!
  8. Select a topic for your Informational Presentation & begin constructing and practicing the presentation.
  9. Outside Speech Critique assignment.  UVM lecture calendar site.
  10. 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.  If you are late, you will be marked absent.  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 class 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 your college's Deans office (for CALS Deans Office Rose Laba, 656-0289, and they will notify Dr. Leonard.  This should be a very rare occurrence.  The TAs and Dr. Leonard need to hear from the Deans Office for an excuse to be legitimate."  


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

Dramatic Reading Critique sheet, dramatic readings begin in lab Monday September 9.  Everyone should be ready.  Questions?

Informational Presentation Critique sheet, Informational presentations begin in lab Monday February 10.

TED Talk by Ric Elias 

Critique "Tsunami" informational speech

Critique "Eating with your Hands" speech