SPEECH – CONROE CAMPUS 

Introduction to Public Speaking and Debate: Grades 9-12 - Laurie Stevens (Fall Semester)

Introduction to Public Speaking and Debate is a class designed to help students overcome fear of public speaking and understand how to effectively reach an audience.  We will be using an excellent text by Jeff Myers called Secrets of Great Communicators which covers a number of topics designed to teach valuable skills from great communicators—skills that will last a lifetime!  Also included in the class will be a short unit on “everyday debate” argumentation.  For a more in depth focus on debate skills, see the spring class on Advance Speaking and Debate.  If your student has extensive theater training and is already a confident speaker, the spring class may be a better fit.

Class time: 1 hour and 15 minutes per week.

Outside class time per week:  approximately 2 hours per week for homework. 

 Materials needed to purchase: 

Secrets of Great Communicators—student text (approx. $17.95)

Rainbow Resources: https://www.rainbowresource.com/proddtl.php?id=014433

Notebook or 3 ring binder with lined paper

Minimal additional supplies used for presentations

 Monthly fee for this class is $40. 

Payment options:

1. Write 5 post-dated checks payable to Laurie Stevens to be cashed the first of the month (July 2018 – November 2018)

2.  Set up a bank draft to arrive by the 1st of the month

3.  Pay by semester when you register for the class. 

 Please mail your registration and payments to Laurie Stevens at 8995 Navigation Circle, Montgomery, TX 77316

Feel free to contact me with any questions via email at LAStevens@comcast.net  or 936-537-9559.  

Advanced Speaking and Debate: Grades 9-12 - Laurie Stevens (Spring Semester)

This class is designed to challenge students to practice critical thinking and the art of argumentation and persuasion.  Students will have opportunity to speak almost every week, expressing views over current events and topics of interest while learning to really listen to opposing arguments.  In addition, we will sharpen public speaking skills while seeking to honor Christ in expressing our views.  Students need to be comfortable with public speaking for this class (if you are new to public speaking, check out the fall semester Introduction to Public Speaking class). 

Class time: 1 hour and 15 minutes per week.

Outside class time per week:  approximately 2 to 3 hours per week for homework. 

 Materials needed for class: 

Everyday Debate & Discussion by Shelly Johnson—student workbook

The Art of Argumentation by Joelle Hodge—student workbook

Notebook or 3 ring binder with lined paper

 Monthly fee for this class is $40. 

Payment options:

1. Write 5 post-dated checks payable to Laurie Stevens to be cashed the first of the month (December 2018 –  April 2019)

2.  Set up a bank draft to arrive by the 1st of the month

3.  Pay by semester when you register for the class. 

Please mail your registration and payments to Laurie Stevens at 8995 Navigation Circle, Montgomery, TX 77316

Feel free to contact me with any questions via email at LAStevens@comcast.net  or 936-537-9559.