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Public Speaking 1a: Introduction

Public Speaking 1a: Introduction


Do you strive to gain more confidence when speaking in front of people? Learn techniques from famous speakers throughout history while learning what it takes to make a great speech. Develop skills that will serve you well throughout your career and personal life.

  • In this unit, you’ll learn about the history of public speaking and rhetoric, including both Aristotle and Cicero’s ideas on what makes a good rhetorical argument. You’ll also begin to look at how to recognize rhetorical devices at work in the speeches of others and how to assess the effectiveness of an argument.

    What will you learn in this unit?

    • Explain what is meant by “rhetoric.”
    • Identify rhetoric as a particular form of utterance.
    • Describe Aristotle’s three rhetorical proofs.
    • Explain how those proofs impact the persuasiveness of a speech.
    • Describe Cicero’s five canons of rhetoric as well as what each one refers to.
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