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Speaking for Impact (1 credit) Focus on the Live Presentation vs Acting for the Camera

Course Description: Strong, effective communication skills are necessary in all aspects of your life. Though the focus of this course will be on preparation, examination, organization, and delivery aspects of the live presentation versus acting for the camera. The skills you build will also be applicable to other areas of your life. The readings, course activities, and course projects are created to strengthen your skills. Active listening will be examined as a fundamental prerequisite for effective and efficient public communication. This will include making ongoing efforts to learn from our experiences during the time in this NSLC program and through deliberate critiques; these activities will improve our communication skills.

Course Outline

Professor: Sarah Menke-Fish is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts at American University in Washington, D.C. She is director of the University College and Learning Communities, serves as associate director for the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, launched and directs Discover the World of Communication, a summer program that brings high school students from around the world to AU and U.C. Berkeley for intense, hands-on courses in environmental communication, video production, screen writing and journalism. Prior to American University, Menke-Fish taught briefing skills in government agencies including the DIA, Federal Reserve and Energy. Menke-Fish coordinated Montgomery County Public Schools' Humanities and Communication Magnet Program, an interdisciplinary program for highly gifted and talented students. She has won awards for educational documentaries produced with secondary students, including CINE awards for If You Change Your Mind and Remotely Science, and the Presidential Environmental Youth Award for Trash: What A Waste, a comprehensive look at recycling. In 2012 Menke-Fish received the University Award for Outstanding Teaching. In 2005 she was selected Faculty Member of the Year by the AU Student Confederation and in 2002, she received American University's award for Outstanding Teaching in an Adjunct Position.

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