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Oakton's speech curriculum explores the role of public speaking, presentation, and group dynamics in both formal and informal settings to assist students professionally and personally. The mastery of speech can provide a student with superb career qualifications in whatever field they may choose to pursue and also offers a sound foundation for further academic endeavors.

Effective Speech, a core speech course, helps students to develop capability in oral communications through an emphasis on rhetorical theory, organization and structure of ideas, techniques for general speaking and listening effectiveness, and practical experience in individual and group presentations. Other offerings to help students master the tools and techniques for effective oral communication include Oral Interpretation, Interpersonal Communications Across Cultures, and Persuasive Speaking.

I urge you to explore Oakton's speech department. Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information.

John Frisco
Department Chair

Des Plaines
Basic Sign Language
Basic Sign Language (SPE 125) is being offered this spring on the Des Plaines campus. Day and evening classes are available.

Alumni Profile

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Oakton holds a special place for John Nebl, a police officer who took classes at the College during the 1980s. Not only did he find his vocation, he also found his wife.



November 11
Veterans Day holiday. College closed.

November 18
Registration opens for spring 2016 semester.

November 26, 27
Thanksgiving Recess. College closed.

November 28, 29
Thanksgiving Recess. No classes, College open. (Most offices closed.)

December 24 - January 3
College closed.

January 11
Faculty return for spring 2016 semester.

January 15
Winterim classes end.

January 18
Martin Luther King holiday. College closed.

January 19
Spring 2016 semester classes begin.

January 20
Winterim faculty grading due.

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