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SPE 100   Pronunciation and Communication for Non-Native Speakers ...   4

For the non-native speaker of English, this course focuses on pronunciation improvement. By learning the American style of intonation, rhythm, speech production,and syllable stress, speech will be more understandable, articulate and expressive. Small group and individual communication activities, both speaking and listening, will reinforce these skills. This course is open to non-native speakers of English who are at an intermediate level or above.  Students must take the Compass ESL test.

Corequisites: ESL 100, ESL 104 and suggested Co-requisite ESL 107

SPE 101   Oral Communication ...   3

Focus on importance of communication competence in a variety of situations. Topics include verbal and nonverbal communication, listening, perception, self-concept, small group communication, and public speaking. Students required to prepare and present three to four graded oral presentations.

SPE 102   Public Speaking ...   3

Prerequisites: SPE 101

In-depth look at art of public speaking. Expands knowledge of ideas and concepts presented in SPE 101. Focus on presenting additional types of speeches, including business and organizational, ceremonial, speeches of tribute, acceptance, and toasting.

SPE 103   Persuasion ...   3

Skills necessary to become informed and critical consumer of persuasive messages. Persuasion examined through popular culture, advertising, politics, and mass media. Insights given into language use and symbols, nonverbal communication, and cultural and psychological approaches to persuasion.

SPE 104   Small Group Communication ...   3

Study of process of group communication. Focus on group development, group roles, decision-making, leadership, power, and conflict management. How to be more productive member of group by acquiring skills to enhance group interaction.

SPE 105   Interviewing ...   3

Focuses on art of interviewing in variety of contexts. Topics include types and uses of questions, common question pitfalls, listening, verbal and nonverbal communication, and specialized types of interviews such as journalistic, survey, persuasive, employment, performance review, counseling, and health care.

SPE 110   Interpersonal Communication ...   3

How to become more informed and skillful communicators in diverse social world and more aware of how and why misunderstandings arise in communication among people whose dissimilar backgrounds and identities lead them to have different views about what communication means and does. Topics include dealing with difficult people, expression of emotions, assertiveness training, and conflict management.

SPE 115   Voice and Diction ...   3

Prerequisites: SPE 101

Study of the development and understanding of respiration, phonation, resonation, articulation, and diction. Credit not available for both SPE 115 and THE 115.

SPE 200   Argumentation and Debate ...   3

Prerequisites: SPE 101

The discovery, support, and critical evaluation of intelligent arguments and decisions. Studies argument, evidence, reasoning, and oral advocacy; includes investigation, research, and critical analysis of claims and establishment of truth through proof.

SPE 205   Gender Communication ...   3

Answers to questions that confound women's and men's attempts to communicate with each other. Topics include gender construction through one's culture, portrayal of men and women in media, male and female approaches to conversation, role of power and empowerment in marriage and families, gender relations in workplace, and men and women in education.

SPE 210   Oral Interpretation ...   3

Prerequisites: SPE 101

Basic study of the principles of oral interpretation and their application performance. Credit not available for both SPE 210 and THE 210.

SPE 215   Intercultural Communication ...   3

Explores issues related to intercultural communication process. Considers important role of context (social, cultural, and historical) in intercultural interactions. Topics include stereotyping, prejudice, ethnocentrism, social class and religious identities, folk culture, power, and intercultural conflict.

SPE 225   Professional Communication ...   3

Prerequisites: SPE 101

Role of and development of professional communication skills intrinsic to the workplace.  Focus is on the development of theoretical and performance competencies in interpersonal communication, small group communication, organizational communication and public communication.  Includes understanding organizational diversity and ethics; improving listening skills; enhancing interviewing skills; managing group meetings and teamwork; and presentation of informational and persuasive proposals via enhancement of verbal, vocal and visual strategies.