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Essentials of Speaking and Listening: Resources Page

Welcome to the College Now Essentials of Speaking and Listening Resource Page!

The materials here are for your use in teaching COMM 110: Essentials of Speaking and Listening. Always communicate with your supervising professor to ensure they endorse the supplementary materials and content since every professor may operate slightly differently.  This page is maintained by Professor Ben Walker.  If you have any suggestions for how this page might be improved or would like to share resources with others in the program, please contact him at

We have a old PDF copy of the Teacher's Edition of "A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking" (2nd edition), but we are currently using the 5th edition, so please make sure your class copies are up to date.

Distance and Hybrid Instruction Due to COVID-19:

Due the COVID-19 pandemic some schools will need to deliver instruction through a hybrid or distance learning model. In these cases instructors may, with the approval of their faculty supervisor, follow the guidelines below for their class.

  • Students are still required to do four speaking activities (impromptu, extemporaneous, persuasive, informative) with the existing guidelines.
  • The Informative speech can be transitioned to an individual one if learning management platforms and student access to technology will not support a group informative presentation. In this case, the informative speech should utilize at least 5 sources, be accompanied with outline & works cited, and be 5-7 minutes long.
  • Students must use a visual aid in at least one of their major speeches (inform or persuasive)
  • If the course is delivered online, at least 2 of the speeches must be recorded in front of a minimum of 5 persons who are social distanced in accordance with MN Dept. of Health guidelines.

Course Exit Survey

As part of the Communication Studies Program's ongoing assessment effort, all students who complete the Essentials of Speaking and Listening course should fill out an exit survey at that is found at this link.  This survey is in addition to the general College Now survey that students should complete (both surveys can be found under the surveys tab on the left side of this page).

COMM 110 Student Exit Survey

Supplementary Materials

The following are provided to help you to come up with a variety of ways to best met your students needs. Some were created by the program, some came from a variety of academic resources, and some came from the excellent teachers we work with -- they all gave permission for us  to use them in this way.  If you have something that you think works particularly well, send it to your Speech mentor and we'll include it here!

Last Modified: 8/3/20 11:19 AM