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Speech for Non – Native Speakers (College Now)


City University of New York

Department of Speech, Communication and Theatre Arts


Ms. Libany Martinez                                                                                                                                          Fall 2016

SPE 102  Fundamentals of Speech for the Non-Native Speaker                                                                3 CREDITS


Office Hours:  Tuesdays 2:20 PM- 3:35 PM

Office:  Room 307                                                                                              


Course Description:

 The aim of this course is to develop effective skills in speech communication. The student examines how to generate topics and organized ideas, masters elements of audience psychology and practices techniques of speech presentation in a public forum. All elements of speech production and presentation are considered.


Basic Skills/Prerequisites

Fundamentals of Speech (SPE 100 or SPE 102 for non-native speakers) is a required course for all BMCC students except Allied Health majors.  Before registering for SPE 100, students must have completed or be exempt from:  ENG 088, ESL 094 and RDG 062


Course Student Learning Outcomes (Students will be able to…)

Measurements (means of assessment for student learning outcomes listed in first column)

1.  Prepare presentations for the listeners

1.  Major  presentations

2. Present presentations using effective delivery techniques including extemporaneous speaking, standard language, and eye contact with the audience

2.  Major presentations

3. Prepare presentations that locate, evaluate, select, and incorporate different forms of supporting material, including visual aids.

3. Presentations and outlines

4.  Demonstrate acceptable ethical standards in research and presentation of materials

4. Presentations, outlines, and mid-term


5.  Research and organize material to support a thesis

5. Presentations, outlines, and final exam


6. Listen critically and respectfully to others’ speeches

6. Class feedback exercises



Below are the college’s general education learning outcomes, the outcomes that are checked in the left-hand column indicate goals that will be covered and assessed in this course.


General Education Learning Outcomes

Measurements (means of assessment for general education goals listed in first column)


Communication Skills- Students will be able to write, read, listen and speak critically and effectively.

Presentations and outlines



Quantitative Reasoning- Students will be able to use quantitative skills and the concepts and methods of mathematics to solve problems.


Statistical charts, graphs and visual aids


Scientific Reasoning- Students will be able to apply the concepts and methods of the natural sciences.





Social and Behavioral Sciences- Students will be able to apply the concepts and methods of the social sciences.





Arts & Humanities- Students will be able to develop knowledge and understanding of the arts and literature through critiques of works of art, music, theatre or literature.





Information & Technology Literacy- Students will be able to collect, evaluate and interpret information and effectively use information technologies.

Informative and Persuasive presentations and outlines;  mid-term exam;  final exam




Values- Students will be able to make informed choices based on an understanding of personal values, human diversity, multicultural awareness and social responsibility.

Ethical persuasive presentations





SPE 102 – Fundamentals of Speech for the Non-Native Speaker-Learning Outcomes.

  1. Use Standard American English effectively and appropriately in speaking situations
  2. Demonstrate skill in using non-verbal communication in speaking situations.
  3. Prepare speeches that locate, evaluate, select, and incorporate different forms of support materials from different sources
  4. Prepare extemporaneous and impromptu speech presentations that strategize to control public speaking anxiety
  5. Participate as active and respectful listeners in speaking situations, including evaluating the work of others and using ethical standards



Oumano, E. &Poster, S. S. (Eds.). (2009). Stand and deliver: High-Impact presentations (4th ed.). (New York, NY: Pearson.)


Supplemental Reading

  • New York Times (
  • Washington Post (
  • USA Today (

BMCC Attendance Policy

Absences:  At BMCC, the maximum number of absences is limited to one more hour than the number of hours a class meets in one week.  For example, if the class meets three hours a week, you are allowed a maximum of four hours of absence.  In the case of excessive absence, professors have the option to lower the grade or assign an “F” or “WU” grade. 

Lateness:  Classes begin promptly at the times indicated in the Schedule of Classes. Arrival in classes after the scheduled starting time constitutes a lateness. Three latenesses equal one absence.  It is your responsibility to see me after that class and tell me you came in late.

Participation in class is an essential part of the course.  If you don’t practice speaking, your pronunciation can’t improve.  Listening and giving feedback on speeches will also be evaluated in your final course grade.


Academic Adjustments for Students with Disabilities: Students with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations or academic adjustments for this course must contact the Office of Accessibility in N320 or at (212) 220-8180. BMCC is committed to providing equal access to all programs and curricula to all students.


BMCC Policy on Plagiarism and Academic Integrity Statement: Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas, words or artistic, scientific, or technical work as one's own creation. Using the idea or work of another is permissible only when the original author is identified. Paraphrasing and summarizing, as well as direct quotations, require citations to the original source. Plagiarism may be intentional or unintentional. Lack of dishonest intent does not necessarily absolve the student of responsibility for plagiarism. Students who are unsure how and when to provide documentation are advised to consult with their instructors. The library has guides designed to help students to appropriately identify a cited work. The full policy can be found on BMCC's website, For further information on integrity and behavior, please consult the college bulletin (also available online).


Evaluation /Grading policy:


Attendance, punctuality and Participation in class          10%

Midterm & Final Exams,  quizzes                                   30%

 Short introductory assignments                                      25%

Informative Speech & outline                                          15%

Persuasive speech & outline                                            20%


Grading scale :

 A            93-96                                     A-            90-92

 B+          87-89                                     B             83-86                     B-   80-82

 C+          77-79                                     C             73-76                     C-   70-72

 D+          67-69                                     D             65-66                     F     Below 65






Course Policies

Late Policy: Attendance will be taken every class period. If you do not show up for class, be aware of the following consequences:

-I do not accept late homework.

-Late assignments will be penalized a full letter grade for each day the assignment is late.

-Late assignments must be turned in within one week after the initial due date (penalties apply).

-All assignments are due at the beginning of class or on the date indicated in the COURSE

GUIDE. As a class we will engage in many activities and discussions for which participation points will be awarded. Students not present for these activities will not receive points.

-If you miss class it is your responsibility to find out what was assigned that day and get notes from another student so you can be prepared for the following class.


Student Obligations:

Arrive to class on time, prepared with readings completed.

Mutual respect between speakers and listeners is essential.  Do not talk over others.

Positively contribute to class discussions and activities.

Turn cell phones OFF!

Avoid distractions like talking, eating, doodling, doing homework, sleeping, etc.

Come to class on time!

Treat EVERYONE with respect (e.g. be mindful of other’s opinions, values, beliefs; refrain from using potentially offensive language, etc.)



All assignments are due in class.  Because it is notoriously unreliable, I DO NOT accept late assignments via email. Further details on the assignment will follow throughout the semester.  All assignments must be

  • Double-spaced, 12-point Times/Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins.
  • Include your name in the header of the page.
  • Include page numbers on each page.



The course requires reading of assigned material. You should be prepared to dedicate time outside of class to reading your materials carefully and critically.



Speaking is the primary focus of this course - MISSED SPEECHES CANNOT BE MADE UP unless a student presents documentation excusing his/her absence on the assigned speaking day. All speech topics must be pre-approved. You will be required to submit your topic, and one alternate topic, for approval. There are some topics that I will not hear: Abortion, Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Steroid Use, Gun Control, Overtly Religious topics, Immigration, Legalization of Marijuana (these topics are overdone). One of the purposes of this class is to challenge you to be creative. So search out topics that are innovative and might educate the rest of the class.


Presentation-day Etiquette:

  • Mutual respect between speakers and listeners is essential.
  • Extemporaneous speeches worth more than 10% that are read will receive a “C” or less.
  • Wear appropriate professional dress for presentations – hats, coats, or other outwear may not be worn.
  • Do not enter the room while students are making presentations!




  1. ICE BREAKER -INTRODUCTORY SPEECH (2 minutes). This is a two minute speech of self- introduction. 


  1. INFORMATIVE SPEECH (3-5 minutes): This speech’s purpose is first an informative one. But you must also persuade the audience, through the content and its performance, that you are worth listening to and learning from.You must use visual aids. Topic choice must be approved by the instructor, and a written outline must be submitted at the time of the speech.  This is considered an informative speech.  THIS SPEECH MUST BE COMPLETED ON SCHEDULE IN ORDER TO PASS THE COURSE.
  2. PERSUASIVE SPEECH (4-6 minutes): Choose a topic of local, national, or international concern, and express your opinion about it and attempt to persuade the class to your point of view. Use research materials from at least three sources (only one from the Internet).  You must use a visual aid in the form of a graph or chart.  The topic must be approved, and a “design plan” submitted in advance.  A written outline must be submitted at the time of the speech. THIS SPEECH MUST BE COMPLETED ON SCHEDULE IN ORDER TO PASS THE COURSE.
  3. “THIS I BELIEVE” SPEECH (3 minutes): You will write your own “statement of personal belief” and deliver it in class at the end of the semester in a fluent, expressive manner.
  4. THIRTY-SECOND ELEVATOR SPEECH: You will write and perform your own :30 “Elevator Speech” that impactfully tells a potential employer everything they need to know about you.



There will be a quiz for each chapter and article of required reading.  Please expect a quiz over the reading each week. There will also be a midterm and a final on the material from your textbook and other materials.


Tentative Schedule- (subject to change with advance notice)

Week      Class activity                                                                                                                      Readings, etc.            


Week 1 (Sept 14-15) Overview of course. Why is public speaking essential?                          Chapter 1 section 2            

Ice Breaker – Introductory Speech                                                                                  Chapter 4

                Analizing the sepaking situation


Week 2- (Sept 21-22)                                                                                                                         Chapter 2 and 3

 Ethical aspects of Public Speaking .

Public Speaking Anxiety                                                   


Week 3 ( Sept 28- 29)                                                                                                                         Chapter 5  and 13

From topic to purpose to thesis

                 The informative Speech                                                                                                  

Week 4 (Oct 5-6)                                                                                                                                                               

Bring in possible topics for Informative speech.                                  

                Supporting your ideas, using interviews. Speech organization.                  Chapter 7 and 8, 6

Discuss outlining. Delivery techniques, using visual aids.                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Week 5  (Oct 13)  Discuss introductions and conclusions.                                                           Chapter 11 and 12

Presentation aids

 Prepare draft in speech outline format.                                                                     

Begin Elevator Speech.                                                                                                                   


Week 6  (Oct 19-20)  Begin informative speeches.

Mindmaps and Keyword Phrase cards due when speech is presented                                                     

              Select persuasive speech topic.

Week 7 (Oct 26-27) Informative speeches end.                                                                            Chapter 10

 Work Elevator Speeches. 


Week 8 (Nov 2-3) Discuss persuasive speech topics. Final speech topic due.                          Chapter 9


Week 9 ( Nov 9-10)   Discuss persuasive speech                                                                           Chapter 14

structure, methods of persuasion.


 Week 10  (Nov 16-17)  Work on Persuasive Speeches.  Speech outlines due when

               speech is presented.  “This I Believe” Assignment given.                                                          


Week 11 (Nov 23)  Present Elevator Speeches


Week12 ( Nov 30- Dec 1st ) Persuasive speeches. Work on “This I Believe” speeches.


Week 13 (Dec 7- 8) Persuasive speeches end.  Begin “This I Believe” speeches.                


Week14 (Dec 14-15)           Finish “This I Believe” Speeches


 Week 15 ( Dec 21-22 ) FINAL EXAM –  Class wrap up