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Beginning Competitive Speech II

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This is a skills-based course for students participating in one or more competitive speech events (i.e. debate, oratory, informational speaking, impromptu, extemporaneous speaking, and oral interpretation). Students will develop beginning skills in public speaking for specialized contexts, analyzing contemporary issues, and techniques of textual analysis and communication criticism. This course is recommended for students interested in law, politics, teaching or graduate study in communication. Experience in high school speech competition, while helpful, is not required.