CALS 183 Communication Methods Lecture TWO Outline, Tuesday January 24, Thursday January 26, 2017

CALS 183: Students go to one lecture and one lab per week

Lecture A (CRN 11224) Tuesdays 2:50-4:05pm Lafayette L108
Lecture B (CRN 11614) Thursdays 2:50-4:05pm Lafayette L108

Wild Child

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 (first & last name slowly), a goal I have is to ....


  1. Bookmark Syllabus URL:
  2. Read Syllabus carefully!
  3. Labs begin this week (Mon Jan 23 - Fri Jan 27).
  4. Practice your dramatic reading and informational presentation in front of others and get feedback (Dramatic Readings beginning next week! Mon Jan 30).
  5. Read Present Yourself, Chapters 4-6.  Quiz on entire book Present Yourself will be Feb 14,16 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 February 1.  Everyone should be ready.  Questions?

Revisit TED Talk by Ric Elias , Alternative Youtube Ric Elias TED Talk.

Informational Presentation Critique sheet, Check with your Lab TAs for when Informational presentations begin.