Training of the Speaking Voice
I. Course Prefix/Number: SPE 105
Course Name: Training of the Speaking Voice
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course involves an individualized study and application of principles involving the vocal system. Focus is on practice and evaluation for improvement and proficiency in articulation, diction, phonation and resonance.
IV. Learning Objectives
This course will enable the student to better understand the physics and biology of the spoken word as well as how to evaluate and strengthen their own speaking voice.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Evaluation of oral performance (written and oral)
XI. Other Course Information
Attendance is required in this class. The Speech Department maintains a formal attendance policy. This policy will be strictly adhered to. Please familiarize yourself with it at this time.
Speech 105 is a performance course, which requires a prepared, responsive audience to be effective. Hence, you must participate in this course in three areas: 1) at the podium, as speaker; 2) in the audience for each speaker; 3) in class activities. You will be held responsible for your attendance; the grade will be affected negatively for absences in excess of those allowed.
- You are allowed three (3) absences with no penalty. "Arriving late" to and "leaving early" from class sessions will be taken into account when attendance is tabulated.
- Three late arrivals and/or leaving early will be counted as one absence. Each absence in excess of the allowed number (3) will result in a reduction of the final grade by one full grade.
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.