Section Information for Spring 2017
Course Description: This course will provide an introduction to the various types of special occasion speeches designed to meet the following purposes: entertain, celebrate, commemorate, inspire, or set a social agenda; special attention will be given to the commencement address. The course will include a discussion of such topics as assessing audience expectations, determining purpose and effect, conducting appropriate research, structuring the special occasion speech, incorporating powerful language/appeals, and developing effective presentation skills. Students will analyze sample speeches (text and video performances) as well as present several special occasion speeches. The final special occasion speech assignment will be an audition for selection of the George Mason University 2017 “Student Commencement Speaker.”
Provides students with the opportunities to develop speaking skills for a variety of contexts from eulogies to commencement speeches.