Speaking Center

Speaking Center

The URI Speaking Center provides assistance for students who want to improve their public speaking skills or manage issues regarding speech apprehension and anxiety. Peer tutors in the the Center ensure that students are adequately trained to prepare, develop, and deliver oral presentations in their classes, providing supplemental support for classroom instruction. To facilitate the mission of the Center, the staff uses digital video technology to record and edit student speeches for playback and critique – a critical tool proven effective for developing students’ public speaking skills.

Schedule an appointment online:

Make an Online Appointment

Acting Director: Jerry Jalette, Ph.D.
Location: Davis Hall 205
(401) 874-2074

You can work in the URI Speaking Center for academic and internship CREDIT!

Speaking Center Internship Opportunities

While Communication Studies internships are run through the Office of Experiential Learning and Community Engagement, Communication Studies students may earn up to 6 internship credits in Communication Studies (COM471) by working as undergraduate peer mentors and speech tutors in the URI Speaking Center. Interested applicants should contact Adam David Roth, Ph.D. (adamroth@uri.edu), and must maintain a 3.0 GPA, possess exceptional public speaking skills, and have received stellar marks in COM100 and/or COM202.

Basic Course Program (COM100)

Download Peer Mentor Application