Course Syllabus

Community College of Philadelphia

English Department

Online Public Speaking: ENGL 115-900 ONL, Fall 2020

Vaishali Sharma

Students have to attend mandatory Zoom Live Session (day/time is determined by the teacher before the class starts.)

Office: Main Campus Room B226

Email: (for subject please use “ENGL 115”)

Office Hours: Please make an appointment, if you would like to meet virtually.

Co/Prerequisites: ENGL 114 or 101

Description: Emphasizes the preparation and delivery of a public speech. The focus of the course is speaking to inform, persuade and entertain. Some sections will further stress argumentation and debate.

Required: The public speaking project: Virtual text by multiple authors.

Technical Requirement: You need a regular laptop or desktop computer with the webcam. (Avoid doing the coursework on any mobile device like smartphones or tablets because the Canvas app does not provide full features of the learning management system).

Grading: This class will be graded on a point system. The point allocation is as follows  

Syllabus (part-1) 15
Syllabus (part-2) Quiz 25
Introduction Discussion 25
Five Written Speech Outlines (20 points)
Six Speech Deliveries 
Three Speech Feedback's 90
One Job Interview 60
Six Quizzes 145
Twelve Zoom Live Sessions 120
Two Discussions 50
Final Exam 100
Total 1000


This course is designed to help you become a better speaker. You will learn how to be comfortable before the audience, how to compose coherent and purposeful speeches, and also how to deliver speeches effectively.

Another important part of the course is to become an effective critic. The course requires that students’ critic work of their peers and in the process improve their own speeches.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

• Compose and deliver coherent speeches that use evidence and effective argumentation when needed
• Develop purposeful speeches, appropriate to the genre, audience, and occasion.
• Demonstrate receptive and critical listening skills that reflect engagement with a diversity of perspectives
• Employ effective physical and vocal skills in the delivery of speeches, with and without presentation aids
• Assess respectful and ethical persuasive techniques

Attendance Policy

For attending the live session you will receive ten points. If you are late or leave early from the live session then you will loose five points. (Total of 120 points.)

Grading Detail

I understand you are all busy adults, please pay attention to the assignment due dates given in the course.

Discussions (Three Discussions) One Introduction and two from the textbook.

For discussion, please write an original response of a minimum of 100 words. And for peer responses write min. 75 words.

Quizzes- Six Quizzes from the textbook. One quiz from the Syllabus.                   

Speeches- Six Speeches, 45 points for speech delivery.

(20 points for written speech outline. That includes correctly formatting the outline and submitting it on time in the Canvas system.)

Job Interview Recording (written and recording both will be 35 points each.)

Twelve Live Zoom Sessions: (Ten points per session, a total of 120 points.)

Speech feedback (Three constructive speech feedback, 30 points per feedback, a total of 90 points).

Final Exam (100 points)

The final exam is cumulative. The date/time of the final will be announced.

You are responsible for choosing your topics. The choice of topic should be culturally sensitive and address the needs and interests of your audience. If you have doubts about a matter, please discuss them with me. A part of your grade will be dependent on the choice of your topic.


Written speech outlines should be submitted in the Canvas system, and speech delivery is done in the Live Zoom Session. The verbal speech must be delivered when your name is called from the roster during the Live Session; if you do not give the speech when your name is called, then you will get a chance do to do one makeup speech at the end of the semester. If you have an emergency, inform me and send me the (medical, funeral, or other documents) to support your absence. Please take notes when the member of your group do the presentation. The notes will help you when you give your peers feedback. For any late work submission, you will receive 80 % of the grade. At the end of the semester, I will open the assignments for a day in the final exam week; at that time, you may submit your late work. 


Information about Live Zoom Sessions

We will have Twelve live sessions in this class.

Zoom live session links are posted in the Modules and in Zoom Tab.  Every last page in the Modules will have a live session link. To join the session click on the highlighted link or you may copy and paste the link in the URL address bar. Zoom will ask you for permission to launch, click OK and you will be in the session. If you have any difficulty send me a message via Canvas Inbox so that I can help you.


Getting Started with Canvas as a Student

Students can get help with Canvas by calling the IT department's Help Desk at 215-496-6000. You may also contact me if you have any Canvas related issues.

Students with Disabilities

Students who are registered with the Center on Disability must inform the instructor by the end of the first week of classes if special accommodations are requested. If you have any questions about special accommodations, you may also contact the Center on Disability at 215-751-8050 they are located in Room BG-39.

Academic Honesty

Read the section about academic honesty in the Students’ handbook. You will receive an F if you violate the stated policy.

Other Policies

Any material discussed in class whether it is in the textbook or not will be on the exam. Also, any material that is in the textbook from the relevant chapters and not covered in class may also be on the exam. You cannot assume that all the material needed for the exam will be presented in the class or textbook.

I understand that you are all busy adults. Therefore, the Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes will remain open for one week on the Canvas system.

Discussion: The original discussion response (minimum 100 words). Response to peers (two other students) is required (minimum 75 words).

Speech Assignment:  The delivery of the speech will be due in the zoom meeting.

Please don’t wait until the last minute to submit your work.  If you have any technical or course related difficulty, immediately contact the teacher. For any medical emergencies, provide a doctor’s note. If you have a death in the family, give the funeral card or a death certificate to the teacher.


Speech 1: Introduction (in the live session)                              

Speech 2: Demonstration (in the live session)                          

Speech 3: Problem-Cause-Solution (in the live session)          

Speech 4: Impromptu Speech (in the live session)                   

Speech 5: Eulogy (in the live session)                                       

Speech 6: Farewell (in the live session)                                   

One Job Interview (video recording)   

Course Summary:

Date Details Due