West Harpeth Christian Tutorial Welcome to WHCT

Course Time:

  • This course is offered on Thursdays.      
  • Please note, this is a one semester / .5 credit
    course that is only offered in the FIRST SEMESTER.


  • This class is open to 9th -12th graders.       
  • If you are interested in enrolling an 8th grade student, please contact the tutor.
  • Please check with your umbrella regarding the acceptance of this credit prior to 9th grade.

Texts:  (No Purchase Required)

  • The Complete Book of Speech Communication: A Workbook of Ideas and Activities of Speech and Theatre  
  • Sound Speech: Public Speaking & Communication Skills for Christian Schools

    Please note: The students do NOT need to purchase any texts for this class.
    Resources are listed for informational purposes only.
    The tutor will provide handouts for any information needed.

Course Description:

Speech is a one semester class that will allow each student the opportunity
to practice delivering a variety of speeches in front of an audience while learning
to read the audience for feedback.

The student will also evaluate famous speeches,
as well as learning the basic techniques of public speaking.

Class Time:

  • We will spend class time giving impromptu speeches,
    learning the various types of speeches (imperative, introductory, interview, demonstration,
    declamation, informational, devotional, and persuasive), and writing various speeches.
  • We will discuss how to listen to a speech to evaluate it for creditability and authenticity,
    as well as various techniques used to make the speech more effective.  

Homework Requirements:
  • Each student will be required to prepare, practice, and deliver various types of speeches.
  • In addition, there will be occasional tests on the information discussed in class.
  • Class participation and speech preparation / delivery will be the main components of the grade.

  • 40%  speech preparation and delivery
  • 25%  class participation
  • 25%  homework
  • 10%  tests

  • folder 
  • notecards 
  • paper/pen