Do you suffer from glossophobia? Are you required to take a speech course for your degree? Have you delayed taking a speech course until your last quarter at De Anza College?

Join us in a non-judgmental "workshop" where you can explore any fears you may have about public speaking. You'll receive constructive criticism about the content and delivery of your presentations from the instructor (one-on-one verbal and written) and from your peers.

You'll have many speaking opportunities to improve or polish your public speaking skills. If you're looking for a challenge, if you're striving to reach your potential as a public speaker, then this class may enable you to meet your needs.


6Y - W23 - MW -12:30 PM-2:20 PM - L43

Zoom Online Office Hours: T-TH: 8-9 p.m. and by appointment

Course Description for COMM 1 (catalog): Theory and techniques of public speaking in a democratic society. An introduction to a variety of perspectives and approaches used to research, organize, deliver, and evaluate public presentations. Students will develop and apply effective research strategies.

Textbook: The Public Speaking Project - Virtual Text - multiple authors. (Textbook contained in Canvas shell - free textbook)

Note to Students with Disabilities:

If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic accommodations or services in this course, provide the instructor with a Test Accommodation Verification Form (also known as a TAV form) from Disability Support Services (DSS) or the Educational Diagnostic Center (EDC). Students are expected to give five day notice of the need for accommodations. Students with disabilities can obtain a TAV form from their DSS counselor (864-8753 DSS main number TTY:408.864.8748) or EDC advisor (864-8839 EDC main number).  

Classes I Teach

Spring 2023

45501COMM 112YPublic Speaking
46745COMM 155ZPublic Speaking

Winter 2023

35484COMM 106YPublic Speaking
37358COMM 162ZPublic Speaking


James Ahern

James Ahern, M.A., J.D.

Communication Studies


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