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Texarkana College Speech Faculty

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    Speech Classes at Texarkana College

    SPCH 1315. Public Speaking, a course in the study of effective speech communication with emphasis on content, organization and delivery of speeches for various purposes and occasions.

    SPCH 1321. Business and Professional Speaking, a course in the study of special types and techniques of speeches most common to business and professional careers: oral reports, sales talks, panel and committee discussions, and  special occasion speeches.

    Getting Started

    The first step in research for any of your classes is to learn about your topic.  If you can spend about three minutes discussing your topic with someone and can answer the “Who, what, when, where, and why?” questions for that topic, then you probably already know enough about your  topic to begin your research.  But if not, then you will save time in the long-run by spending some time educating yourself, and, most likely, you will be able to use some of the resources from which you learn about your topic for your paper.  So…where are some places that you can go to do that?

    Points of View Reference Center - Points of View Reference Center contains many topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument). For each topic, this database also offers a Guide to Critical Analysis, which helps the reader evaluate the controversial topics. The Guide to Critical Analysis enhances students’ ability to read critically, develop their own perspective on the issues, and write or debate an effective argument on the topic.

    NewsBank Current Events and Special Reports – news articles, images, videos, and other useful content grouped for convenience under specific topics and themes. Off-campus username is “texarkanacollege” and password is “texas”.

    Newspaper Source -  Newspapers contain short articles about current events and topics.  This is a good place to start when you are unsure about the sequence or specifics about current events or world news.  Newspaper Source indexes newspapers from all over the world, so your topics are not limited to items that are covered by the local newspaper.

    Films on Demand - watching a film or a film clip is a great way to become knowledgeable about a topic, and, most often, you will find something in the film that you can use to support the paper that you are writing.  The username for Films on Demand is “texarkana” and the password is “texas”. 


      Helpful Links

      • Toastmasters International
        Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations.
      • TED Talks (Technology, Entertainment, and Design)
        TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.
      • NPR Best Commencement Speeches Ever

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