Course Description

Course Name

Communication Techniques / Speech

Session: VPRF3121

Hours & Credits

3 US Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


This is a highly participative course helping students to assess and improve their own communication competencies. Students will explore different techniques for public speaking and presentations in a variety of situations.

The course will draw on role plays, debates, speeches, presentations, aural & video analysis, mime & drama, and listening techniques, in order for students to gain an insight into the diversity, depth and sophistication required in effective communication and public speaking. Students will get plenty of opportunity to apply and acquire confidence with the skills and techniques by working individually and in teams.

The class draws heavily on the student?s involvement and participation as the learning process is cumulative. Therefore, a 100 % class attendance is mandatory.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Make communication anxiety work for you and not against you.
- Develop an awareness of your voice to enhance your speeches and presentations (breathing, intonation, inflexion, and vocal colour.)
- Understand and apply effective non verbal communication.
- Conduct genuine and serious research on a number of different topics.
- Organise your ideas and research into clear, coherent and engaging arguments.
- Deliver a speech/presentation conversationally and authoritatively.
- Develop and present: personal, informative, persuasive and ceremonial speeches.
- Construct and present effective arguments in debates.
- Utilise critical listening skills.
- Analyse and critique your own speeches and those of others.

*Course content subject to change