Speech #2 – informative speech country choice and 3 research sources

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Choose from the attached LIST. You must use this list. If the country is not on this list, it means you cannot do it. Once a country from this list is chosen and posted by someone else, you CANNOT do it too. Make sure you check what is already posted and do not choose the same country as someone before you.  

After you choose a country, but before you post it, go to the LibGuide (see link above) and find three research sources you will use. One mistake students often make is choosing a topic for a speech without having done preliminary research first. Post three research sources with your country choice to demonstrate that you have already done some preliminary research on this country.

NOTE: You MUST choose from the list of countries below   Please do not choose countries apart from this list.   

List of Countries: 

The Americas:  Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, Brazil, Argentina, Chile

Europe:  Germany, Spain, Wales, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Austria, England

Asia:  Japan, China, South Korea, India, Mongolia, Russia,

Middle East:  Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, Iran, Israel,

Africa:  Senegal, Egypt, Morocco, Zambia, South Africa, Nigeria

Australia and New Zealand

Post Country Selection and 3 Research Sources Here

Before writing your speech, you must receive approval for your choice of country. When choosing a country, make sure you do not choose something that is not already on the list or that has already been chosen. You should not chose the United States or the country of your birth.

ADDITIONALLY, you must search for your sources in the Libguide. You will post the APA formatted works cited entries for EACH of the three research sources you will use (you may use more and you may post more than 3). Use the tutorial for navigating the libguide if you need help.

For full credit (25 pts), follow this format: You should have a “KEY WORD” in the subject line that very simply states your topic. For example: “France” or “Chile”

You should write a FULL SENTENCE in the body of the post that finishes this sentence: “In my speech, I will explain/tell…

THEN, you should follow that with your two (minimum) research sources from the libguide.

For example:

Subject: FranceBody

In my speech, I will discuss the culture in France.

Chaney, Lillian H., Jeanette S. Martin. “TRAVEL CUSTOMS AND TIPS.” Global Business Etiquette: A Guide to International Communication and Customs. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2006. ABC-CLIO eBook Collection. Web. 2 Dec 2014. 

Rholetter, Wylene. “France.” Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change. Ed. S. George Philander. Vol. 2. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2008. 432-433. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 2 Dec. 2014.

To post your topic, click on the title above to go directly to the forum. Click “Create Thread” to enter your key word in the subject line and complete sentence in the body. Click “submit.”

Verbal Citations and Internal ReferencesVerbal Citations and Internal References

Attached Files:

File Citations – Citing Your Sources(1).docx Citations – Citing Your Sources(1).docx – Alternative Formats (13.402 KB)

Citing your sources out loud in the body of the speech, as well as writing your sources correctly in the body of your outline will be very important for this speech. Please make sure you cite your sources in both ways, in addition to your “Works Cited” (otherwise known as “Bibliography” or “References.”) Some people think all they need to do is have a Works Cited entry at the end of the speech, but that’s not all. 

You must say your sources out loud in the body of your verbally delivered speech, and you must write them as you plan to say them out loud in your outline. You won’t be saying them/writing them like they are written as works cited entries. For help on how to write them, watch the tutorial on citing your sources, look at the example outlines, and click on the attached link:  https://rdc.libguides.com/apa

If you have any questions whatsoever about how to cite out loud, on your outline, and completing the works cited entries, please email your instructor after reading this document/viewing the mentioned videos.

Speech #2 – Informative Speech Country Choice and 3 Research Sources



Click the video image below to watch a short video on why we need to learn about other cultures (opens in a pop-up window and requires Flash). Then click the link above to find detailed instructions. You are to select a country, post your country choice, and three research sources for approval, as well as the outline template with which to write your outline after your country choice is approved by Dr. Dean.

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PLEASE NOTE: You MUST use http://libguides.richlandcollege.edu/culture to find your three research sources for this speech. This Library Guide was created by Richland Speech faculty and librarians to help streamline your research process.   


SPCH1311 Course Objective VI: Organizing and presenting effective formal public speeches.

Learning Objective: You will prepare a speech to describe the culture of another country other than the USA or one’s birth country.


Chapter 3, 11-13


Individual work


25 points for topic post

Speech Instructions

NOTE: These are the instructions for the entire speech. For this week, you are ONLY claiming the country you wish to present on and locating three research sources, not delivering the speech.

In 5-6 minutes, you should INFORM the audience about the culture of a country, other than the USA. You must do RESEARCH for this speech, utilizing the library’s website provided below and known as the “LibGuide.” Find at least three academic sources (you may have more than 3) using the libguide provided here.

NOTE: The primary function of this speech is to explore what it would be like to be immersed in another culture, or what you might need to know to live there. Please do not confuse this speech with a book report, highlighting mainly historical information or lists of demographic facts. The majority of your research should focus on the ways of thinking, being, and life in this culture. 

REMEMBER: A good informative speech creates information hunger (makes you want to know more!) Don’t create a list of facts. Engage your audience with interesting information!

In your speech, you will cover these areas for the three main points of your speech

Point 1

About this Country Examples of information that would go in this point–Geographic location and capital city, Country’s economic status (major world power, developed country or developing country), Population demographics (including major ethnic and racial groups), Political structure (including name of president or leader), Major languages spoken, Transportation systems (how do most people travel?), Entry requirements (Visa or vaccinations required), Currency used and exchange rate for the US, etc. CURRENT EVENTS would be a great feature for this main body point as well.

Point 2

Cultural Aspects Examples–What is the country famous for in terms of art, architecture, dances, etc. What are the most popular places to visit and why? Culinary traditions (any famous dishes or dining habits to note) or major religions, or RECENT CULTURAL EVENTS would be great additions to this main body point.

Point 3

Unique Communication Behaviors Examples: Nonverbal communication (gestures, body language, eye contact patterns, use of space), Family structure (extended families living under one roof, polygyny, etc.), Is this country monochronistic or polychronistic? Individualistic or collectivistic? Have high or low power distance? What are their communication preferences: direct or indirect? (Hint: Review Chapter 3 for this main body point!)

You may leave some of these items out or add in other interesting information that you find. Your speech should have an introduction, be ordered logically and include transitions between main points, utilize diverse and interesting supporting material (see p. 366 of your text), have two verbal citations, a conclusion, a formal outline with two internal references and MLA formatted works cited entries. Your research sources must come from the libguide provided here. You should deliver the speech extemporaneously using only speaking notes. You should not read your speech from your outline to your audience. See page 355 of your text for advice on creating speaking notes.

NOTE:  When recording, make sure you are in a quiet location with good lighting. You should test your equipment and arrange your speech space so that your entire body is in the camera’s view (head to toe) and that your facial expressions can be seen clearly and your voice heard clearly on the recording. You must show your audience at the beginning and end of the speech, without turning off your recording device. Please dress for a formal, college presentation. If your recording does not meet expectations, you may lose points or be asked to do it again, possibly for a late grade. See the video on Recording your Speech and Audience for more help.

Resources & Technology

Use http://libguides.richlandcollege.edu/culture to find your three research sources for this speech. 

Informative Speech Outline TemplateInformative Speech Outline Template

Attached Files:

File Informative Outline Template F15.docx Informative Outline Template F15.docx – Alternative Formats (15.913 KB)

After your topic is approved, begin writing your outline using the Informative Speech Outline Template attached here. Review the information in “Speech Tutorials” for assistance with the Introduction, Transitions, Body Point formatting, and Conclusion. Particularly pay attention to the tutorial about researching your speech and citing your sources! This is a formal outline, so you should have complete sentences throughout the outline. 

IMPORTANT: You must highlight/underline/bold your written internal citations in your outline.

Download the linked template document and fill out the spaces for your outline. You do not have to stick exactly to the numbers and letters provided. It’s just set up so that you don’t have to start an outline from scratch. You are required to use this and will submit it with your speech! If you are delivering on campus, you must give your outline to the instructor before beginning your speech.

Note:  You may use note cards or a key word outline, but you cannot use your formal outline to read from during your speech. And, remember that you cannot read your speech outline from your cellphone.  No exceptions.

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