National Speech and Debate Education Day Highlighted at SCF, Manatee-Sarasota

(Bradenton, Fla., March 22, 2018) — National Speech and Debate Education Day took place earlier this month, and the Language and Literature Department at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is highlighting the important role of speech and debate at SCF.

SCF offers face-to-face, blended and fully online speech communications courses. Face-to-face classes are available at all three SCF campuses and include courses such as Interpersonal Communication, Group Communication, and Fundamentals of Speech Communication. To stay on top of current trends, faculty members are involved in several academic organizations and professional groups such as the National Communication Association, Florida Communication Association, American Association of University Professors, Association of Florida Colleges and the Florida Bar Association.

SCF’s Model UN Team helps educate students in the fine art of debate. Students role-play ambassadors and debate a wide range of topics. In 2017, one SCF team won the Outstanding Delegation Team Award, the highest award possible, in regional competition, while a second team brought home the Honorable Delegation Team award, equivalent to a bronze medal. SCF’s Student Government Association is another avenue for SCF students to use public speaking, communication and debate skills.

“Speech, language and communication skills are important for several reasons,” said Nicolette Mason, who teaches courses at SCF Venice and online. “First, they help students build their self-esteem and confidence, making them more resilient to adverse situations.”

“Oral communication is the number one soft skill employers seek in potential employees,” added Jennifer Bieselin, associate professor at SCF Bradenton. “By taking a course in communication, students will learn how to present themselves in a professional manner both verbally and nonverbally. They will also learn how to organize their thoughts, be comfortable in their skin, and feel confident enough to speak their voice – their truth.”

Tara Koosak, who also teaches at SCF Bradenton and online, said communication skills enable students to participate in the decision-making process in their professional and personal lives.

The speech communication faculty at SCF supports students’ development of speech, language and communication skills because it contributes to a wide range of positive outcomes in students’ overall achievement, social competence, behavior and mental health.

For more information about speech and debate education at SCF, call 941-752-5242 or visit

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