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Public Speaking

Art of Public Speaking


This is an introductory course into the study and practice of the principles in strategic, confident, and credible public speaking. Public speaking is the process of speaking to a group of people. It is one of the most valued skills that a person can possess. The aims of public speaking are to inform, convince, influence, persuade or entertain. The course combines a number of teaching techniques including a variety of oral presentation experiences, including special occasion, personal experience, panel discussion, impromptu, debates, communication games, informative and persuasive speaking with specific focus on anxiety management, speech design, active listening, communication ethics, diverse audiences, and dynamic delivery.

Participants will practice to control their voice (pitch, intonation, and rhythm), use gestures, mimics, and eye contact with the audience. Students will be asked to give an array of speeches that will enhance their appreciation of and comfort with the art of elocution. Through oral assignments and written assignments, we will cultivate strong critical reasoning, analytical, and argumentative skills. The course will meet for 4 weeks, for a total of 12 class periods, each class lasting for 3 hours, adding up to 24 total classroom hours.

Course Objectives

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

  • Deliver a presentation effectively
  • Build confidence in giving presentations
  • Engage and involve the audience successfully
  • Develop successful strategies to manage difficult situations and people
  • Prepare and structure a presentation for maximum impact
  • Develop a specific action plan to build skills and confidence
  • Apply a series of basic guidelines to deliver formal & informal presentations
  • Define the purpose of their presentations based on the expected outcomes
  • Prepare a variety of presentations, and produce effective openings
  • Identify and apply a series of effective questioning techniques
  • Feel more confident about speaking in public through rehearsal and practice
  • Design evidence and visual aids, structure bridges and transitions from subject to subject, and deliver a memorable closing

Delivery Mode

Online and Face-to-Face Classes

This course will be delivered via a combination of live online classes as well as face-to-face classes. Students who have successfully enrolled in the course will be provided with a link to join the online class as well as other relevant instructions at least one day before the start of the class. The online classes are also recorded; therefore, students have the option to review the course content as often as they like.

Course Schedule

Course Offering

Day Time Duration Contact Hours Cost Lecturer
Tuesday, Thursday 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm 4 weeks 24 hours $1,000.00 Ms. Leslie Ann Wills-Caton

Session - Tuesday, Thursday (06:00 pm to 09:00 pm)

Session Start Date End Date
Session 1 - Online Classes Tuesday, July 25, 2023 Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Session 2 - Online Classes Tuesday, October 31, 2023 Thursday, November 23, 2023
Session 3 - Online Classes Tuesday, January 30, 2024 Thursday, February 22, 2024
Session 4 - Online Classes Tuesday, April 23, 2024 Thursday, May 16, 2024
Session 5 - Online Classes Tuesday, July 23, 2024 Tuesday, August 20, 2024
Session 6 - Online Classes Tuesday, October 22, 2024 Tuesday, November 19, 2024


The course combines a number of teaching techniques including lectures, guest lectures by those with special competences in sub fields, class discussions, group work assignments, oral presentations, role playing, evaluations of actual real life events and projects.

Oral Presentation

Each student will be required to deliver oral presentations as part of this class.

The following is the Grading Policy being used:-

  • Introductory Speech (4-6 minutes) 10%
  • Speech (5-7 minutes) 10%
  • Persuasive Speech (5-7 minutes) 15%
  • Commemorative Speech (4-6 minutes) 15%
  • Impromptu speeches - Personal experience speeches - Vocal variety presentations - 5%
  • Current Affairs Debate (2hr) 35%
  • Class Participation - 5%
  • Class Attendance - 5%

Note on Attendance: Public Speaking is a performance course. Full attendance to all sessions is mandatory. Time missed or extensive late or absences from class results in students missing integral aspects of the course and may incur grading penalties.

Student Support


Ms. Leslie Ann Wills-Caton

Ms. Leslie Ann Wills-Caton is a professional production coordinator, with experience in film, theatre and events management. Because she works in the television and film industry, she has a unique ability to construct and facilitate organized teams, interface with public agencies, and network with key stakeholders.

Ms. Wills-Caton holds a bachelors degree in Psychology and Human Resource Management and is pursuing her masters in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Forensic Counseling. She volunteers at several Non-Government Organizations in relation to mental illness and substance abuse and is often facilitating workshops in communication, events management and counseling skills.

Ms. Wills-Caton is an advocate for social change and is working towards the development of mental health awareness campaigns and to provide training for companies and families affected by mental health issues. She currently manages a mental health page on facebook (Trinidad and Tobago Mental Health Awareness) and will be producing mental health short films in the near future.

Programme Management

The programme management team is responsible for the management of the course. If you would like further information or would like clarification on this programme please contact:

Ms. Kelly Ann Bholasingh
Programme Manager
Phone: (868) 360-3209

E-mail: certifications@ctscollege.com

Additional Information


Name: The Art of Public Speaking, 11th Edition.
Author(s): Lucas, Stephen
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Copyright Year: © 2012
Pages: 480

Note: The texts are not included in the cost.


No formal prerequisites required.


Fees payable to CTSCBCS Registration Fees & total cost of tuition $1,000 TTD, payments can be made via credit card, linx or manager's cheque.

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