CALS 001 Foundations: Communication Methods, Lecture Outline, Monday 26 August - Fri day 30 August

Lecture A (CRN 90152) Mondays 1:55 - 2:45pm 001 Kalkin
Lecture B (CRN 90153) Wednesdays 1:55 - 2:45pm 001 Kalkin
Lecture C (CRN 94275) Fridays 1:55 - 2:45pm 001 Kalkin
Lecture D (CRN 94276) Tuesdays 2:30-3:45pm 001 Kalkin

Welcome to the Course!

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

Attendance Introductions (30 seconds): Name (slowly), where you grew up, major, favorite music.


  1. Bookmark Syllabus URL:
  2. UVM BlackBoard online course link
  3. Read Syllabus carefully!
  4. Labs meet this week!
  5. Check your UVM Email daily.  This is how your UVM professors will contact you.
  6. Think about what you will do for a dramatic reading in lab.
  7. Get a USB Flash Memory Thumb-drive (2+Gigabytes)
  8. Read in Present Yourself: Chapters 1-3.  Summer reading: The Ghost Map.
  9. Labs begin this week! 
  10. Next Monday (Sept 2) UVM closed.  Labs for CALS 001/183 Cancelled Sept 2 - 6.  Monday Lecture go to another lecture just for this week.

Attendance Policy: 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.  

TED Talk by Ric Elias

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

Dramatic Reading Example.

Dramatic Reading Critique sheet, dramatic readings begin in lab Monday September 9.

Speaking Posture, Must knows: your subject, your audience. 

Informational Presentation Critique sheet, Informational presentations begin in lab Monday September 23.

Critique "Tsunami" informational speech

Critique "Eating with your Hands" speech