Expos 40: Public Speaking Practicum - Spring 2017
M/W 1-3 Kate Clarke
M/W 3-5 David Carter
T/Th 1-3 Kate Clarke
T/Th 2-4 Margie Zohn
T/Th 3-5 David Carter
Expos 40, an elective within the Writing Program, focuses on developing and strengthening the skills necessary for successful public speaking. Students learn strategies for impromptu speaking, preparing and delivering presentations, formulating and organizing persuasive arguments, cultivating critical thinking, engaging with an audience, using the voice and body, and building confidence in oral expression.
HOW TO APPLY FOR EXPOS 40:
We’re doing something different this semester: We’re not holding a shopping class. If you want to apply for any of the 5 sections of Expos 40 taught by Margie Zohn, David Carter and Kate Clarke, please come to the Writing Dept (1 Bow St, 2nd fl.) and locate the Seminar Room (room 217, just on the left after you enter). In the Seminar Room will be a box with applications and also a sheet outlining the acceptance process. Applications will be available from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Jan 23rd and again from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24th.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: 3pm on TUESDAY Jan 24. No applications will be accepted after this.
If you cannot physically be at the Writing Department during this time period, you may email Margie Zohn at Margie@zohncoaching.com. She will send you an electronic application. You must email Margie to request an application by 5pm on Monday, Jan 23rd and the application must be returned to her by 12pm on Tuesday, Jan 24 to be considered.
Two Important notes:
- Please be accurate about how many times you have applied before (if any). We check our records and if you aren’t accurate, your application may need to be discarded.
- Please write legibly!! (especially your email – if we can’t contact you, you can’t be offered a spot)
General Information about Expos 40:
First---download and read the syllabus from any of our Canvas sites. This will tell you much of what you need to know.
This class is a practicum. We spend about 80% of our time on the mechanics of preparing for and delivering presentations. There is also a “reflecticum” aspect: we spend about 20% of our time on readings, theory and thinking critically about speaking and about who we want to be as speakers. We practice different delivery styles – impromptu speaking, speaking from notes/outlines, delivering a manuscript. We employ some theater techniques and improvisation to build self-confidence, creativity in expression, and vocal and physical awareness.
We aim to create a supportive (not competitive) learning environment where people can take risks and be a bit vulnerable. The way to succeed in this class is to pay attention to deadlines, absorb and practice with the feedback you are given, make your best effort in every assignment and devote yourself to giving outstanding feedback to your peers. You won’t lose points on a speech if you put in great effort and then get nervous in front of the class and things don’t go as planned. We can tell who is just “winging it” and who has really done the work.
At its heart, Expos 40 is about you discovering and honing your “voice” as a speaker.
To find out about speaking resources available to undergraduates, click here.