EFFECTIVE ORAL COMMUNICATION
Oral presentation skills provide enlightened citizens with
essential tools for cultural survival, and always have.
citizen should be able to assimilate, deliberate and
articulate ideas, beliefs and experiences in a clear and
To this end, a course in public speaking provides
foundational training for the liberal arts student.
Effective oral communication is more than but
learning to speak publicly, however.
It encompasses understanding and training on a
variety of skills applicable to communicating
intelligently in contexts both public and private, on
matters of both individual and collective concern.
At King’s, these skills include, but are not
limited to; developing pointed purpose statements,
strategically organizing ideas, validating ideas with
substantive support, effectively wording ideas,
delivering words with confidence, considering the
ethical implications of one’s ideas, and analyzing the
messages of others accurately. (NOTE: Students would
normally schedule CORE 115, CORE 115X, CORE 115HNRS, or
CORE 116 before the end of their sophomore year.)
CORE 115 - Effective Oral Communication
CORE 115 introduces students to the functions and modes of
public presentation, as well as various practical
strategies with which to execute it.
It requires students to plan, prepare, practice
and perform many types of public messages that provide
them with invaluable experience in developing ideas
thoroughly and communicating them effectively.
A video portfolio is kept of each student's
performances to document evolving skills development.
Emphasis is given to help students execute
presentations that are clearly focused, well organized,
substantially supported, effectively worded, and
The aim is to help students develop their
abilities to express their thoughts, beliefs and
experiences in an intelligent and affecting manner, as
well as to help them gain confidence in themselves as
they do so.
Attention is also given to the ethical implications
inherent in one’s messages, as well as the accurate
analysis of the messages of others.
CORE 116 - Argumentation and Debate
CORE 116 focuses on the use of arguments in contemporary
society. Students will learn types of propositions,
burden-of-proof, and different types of arguments. In
particular, the student will develop skill in rhetoric,
public speaking, and critical thinking. Each student
will construct, advance and support arguments within the
context of a current public policy controversy. The
course will also examine the use and misuse of arguments
in government and society, and the consequences of such
choices. This is designed for the student who likes to
engage in an intellectually rigorous activity that will
lay the foundation for success in their future careers.
CORE 115 – Effective Oral Communication Performance
Session for Reticent Students
Students in this
performance group will be introduced to all of the
functions and modes of public presentation, as well as
various practical strategies with which to execute it,
while simultaneously addressing the anxiety-coping needs
of students for whom public presentation is a
particularly unnerving experience.
Students would meet with their classmates for all
of the requisite lecture, interaction, learning
exercises, and instruction in their collective class,
but perform only with other students
- matriculating any course section taught by Dr.
James P. Dolhon - who share equivalent levels of
elevated communication performance anxiety.
This session delivers an alternate methodology
with which to teach the basic course and target this
particular student population by providing additional
strategies for anxiety management.
As in all oral communication courses offered at
King’s, students will be required to plan, prepare,
practice and perform varying types of presentations as
they build a video portfolio that documents their skills
They will explore the ethical implications of their own
messages, and learn to effectively analyze those of
particular attention will also be given to helping
students develop the means to productively manage their
anxiety levels while they grow confidence in themselves
as competent performers.
To this end, such methods covered in this course
include, amongst others; cognitive restructuring
strategies, reasonable thinking protocols, muscle
relaxation techniques, systematic desensitization, and
The academic transcripts of students in this Core
115 Performance Session denote this learning experience
simply as “Effective Oral Communication,” as does any
CORE 115 course section … But “permission by instructor”
is required for admittance into this targeted
performance session upon registration.)