Speech Communication Department

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Courses

If you have any questions that are not answered here, please e-mail website editor Donna Stasio.

Where can I get help preparing for and practicing my speeches?

In addition to the resources in your class, there is a Listening and Speaking Lab (LSL) in ATC 304. Students can take 1/2 unit classes and sign up for free workshops to improve speaking and listening, pronunciation, and conversation skills. Speech students can also get credit from their instructors for practicing and recording presentations in the lab and are encouraged to ask for assistance with their assignments from LSL staff members and student tutors.

Does Speech 10 (Fundamentals of Oral Communication) meet the same requirement as Speech 1 (Public Speaking)?

Yes. Both courses meet the GE requirements for oral communication. In Speech 1 you would focus on public speaking including researching, outlining, developing, delivering, and evaluating public speeches.  Speech 10, on the other hand, is a hybrid course which emphasizes principles and methods of oral communication in the context of interpersonal communication, small group discussion and public speaking.

Do I have to give speeches in Speech 10?

Yes. Both Speech 10 and Speech 1 have a minimum requirement of four speeches. Any more than four are decided at the discretion of the instructor.

Should I take Speech 8 or Speech 9?

You should consider what graduation and transfer requirements you are trying to meet and whether you want to focus more on presenting oral arguments or formulating written arguments. Consider the following-
Speech 8 - Argumentation and Critical Inquiry in Oral Communication
  • Transfers to CSU
  • Meets the CSU Critical Thinking general education breadth requirement
  • Meets De Anza's Critical Thinking A.A./A.S. degree requirements
  • Emphasizes oral argumentation and debate including research and testing evidence, advancing reasoned positions, and defending and refuting arguments
Speech 9 - Argumentation: Analysis of Oral and Written Communication
  • Transfers to UC and CSU
  • Meets the IGETC Critical Thinking-English Composition requirement
  • Meets De Anza's Critical Thinking A.A./A.S. degree requirements
  • Meets the same IGETC transfer requirement as EWRT 2 and PHIL 3
  • Requires completion of English Writing 1A as a prerequisite
  • Focuses on examining, designing, and formulating written and oral arguments. Requires research leading to analysis, comparison, and synthesis in a documented research/position paper.

Speech Department Co-Chairs

Contact: Matt Abrahams
Phone: 408.864.8547
Office: F31H

Contact: Donna Stasio
Phone: 408.864.8882
Office: F31A


Last Updated: 8/11/14