The purpose of an introduction to public speaking course should be to provide a human communication overview. It should use independent study, textbook readings and exercises, group work, class discussions, library research, oral presentations, and lectures to prepare students for successful lives by improving their oral and written communication skills. It should stress personal responsibility, ethics and the ability to understand and follow written and oral directions.
The students in my classes were adults. Long standing tenets of Adult Learning Theory (ALT) inform us that adult learners have the need and internal motivation to learn. They prefer active and self-directed learning situations with immediate application opportunities. Adult learners also prefer structured activities and situations. Knowing these principles, my classes utilized a variety of materials presented in ways that met the needs of the students' preferred learning styles. I am making many of these materials available on this site so that other instructors can utilize them in their classrooms.
My name is Steven Ginley. I've taught college-level speech since 1979. I've taught speech and theatre courses at Ball State University, Triton College, DeVry Institute of Technology in Addison, Northeastern Illinois University, Joliet Junior College, McHenry County College, and Morton College. I taught speech full-time at Morton College from August 1998 until August 2021. I'm currently living with one wife (Kristi), six (6) cats (Indigo, Cairo, Miko, Li'l Graylo, Velcro, and Emma), and an ever-changing number of foster kittens. I enjoy reading. My favorite topics are the Civil War, Shakespeare and the Elizabethans, ancient Greeks and Romans, biographies, novels, short stories, self-improvement books and books of quotations.