Day and Boarding; Grades 6-12


Virtual Public Speaking

Learn public speaking skills from home!
Course Information

July 19–23
TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
GRADES: Students entering Grades 10, 11, and 12 in fall 2021
COST: $550
REQUIREMENTS: Current Pennington student


Virtual Public Speaking provides students the opportunity to earn .25 required graduation credit hours in one week and in a virtual setting! Through active participation, students will learn the essential skills necessary for developing and presenting oral presentations, including:

  • Writing speeches utilizing specific formats
  • Using vocal variety which includes pace, inflection, expression, and pauses
  • Physicality and eye contact
  • Marking up a speech and rehearsing

Using student-driven content, four types of presentations will be covered: demonstrative, informative, persuasive, and impromptu autobiographical. 

Students will deliver four major presentations, demonstrating proficiency in oral communication as measured on the Competent Speaker Speech Performance Evaluation. There will be breaks throughout the day (in addition to a one-hour break for lunch).

The class is graded. Grades will be given according to Pennington's system, with an annotated teacher review of student performance. Students earning credit will be expected to submit work online by a specific date. All work must be completed by that date to receive academic credit for the course. Additionally, students will be required to submit pre-work which is also graded.

Even though this is a virtual course, all students are required to be available to fully participate in the course during the assigned program hours from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm EDT. Lack of participation, and any absentees may result in the student not being eligible for the credit. Unfortunately, no exceptions can be made for time zones.