Faculty

Sylvia Merschel

Lecturer

Contact Information

Email    merschel@ucla.edu
Office  2303 Rolfe Hall
Phone  310-825-3303
Co-director - UCLA Communication Skills Institute for International Students, Lecturer - Public Speaking for Nonnative Speakers.

My main interest is enabling students to develop their highest potential in the field of public speaking.  I teach a six-week, intensive session that is designed to make my international students the most accomplished speakers they can possibly be.

My background:

In addition to being the co-director of the UCLA Communication Skills Institute for International Students, I have been the Summer Sessions lecturer for Communication Studies 1A, Public Speaking for Nonnative Speakers, for over twenty years.  I also spent more than a decade with the Los Angeles Unified School District, teaching bilingual and ESL classes, as well as fostering community and parental involvement.  My published works are mainly in the field of natural history.  My pioneering work, with Dr. Donald Perry, in the canopy of the tropical rainforest, received the Rolex Award for Enterprise and resulted in a children's book, "Journey Into a Hollow Tree," as well as internationally distributed articles, including ones in "Smithsonian" and the Encyclopaedia Britannica's "Yearbook of Science and the Future."

Information about my class:

Public Speaking for the Nonnative Speaker (Communication Studies 1A) was created for anyone who wishes to communicate easily and comfortably in social, business and academic situations. It was especially conceived for nonnative speakers of English to increase fluency and vocabulary while improving presentation skills, language usage, reasoning, style and delivery. The class incorporates conversation and pronunciation exercises. There is additional emphasis on the theory and practice of public expression, including selection of content, organization of ideas, language and delivery. Students may perform both extemporaneous and manuscript oration. Critical analysis of speeches in both contemporary and historical settings is covered. Specific attention is focused on group discussions and evaluations, as well as application of both public and private articulation skills.

Native speakers of English may also find the class very effective for their purposes. Professional, graduate and undergraduate programs have accepted it as satisfying their public speaking requirement, though this should always be validated before enrolling.

This course prepares you to be an effective speaker, in any country, under any condition, with friends and family, in political, cultural, social, professional and academic circumstances. Anywhere!

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Degrees

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara     

M.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Publications

"The greening of urban civilization."  Donald R. Perry with Sylvia Merschel.  In Smithsonian, January 1987.

"Chaparral, tinderbox of the California coast."  Donald R. Perry with Sylvia Merschel.  In Smithsonian, October 1982.

"Life in the Jungle Canopy."  Donald R. Perry and Sylvia E. Merschel.  In 1981 Yearbook of Science and the Future, Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Journey into a Hollow Tree.  Donald R. Perry with Sylvia E. Merschel.  Enslow Publishers, (New Jersey) 1980.

"Macrophotos from 100 Feet . . . Up!"  Donald R. Perry with Sylvia E. Merschel.  In Popular Photography, November 1980.

Previous Courses by Term

2017 Summer Session

Public Speaking for Nonnative Speakers

2016 Summer Session

Public Speaking for Nonnative Speakers

2015 Summer Session

Public Speaking for Nonnative Speakers

2014 Summer Session

Public Speaking for Nonnative Speakers

2013 Summer Session

Public Speaking for Nonnative Speakers

2012 Summer Session

Public Speaking for Nonnative Speakers

2011 Summer Session

Public Speaking for Nonnative Speakers

2010 Summer Session

Public Speaking for Nonnative Speakers

2009 Summer Session

Public Speaking for Nonnative Speakers

2008 Summer Session

Public Speaking for Nonnative Speakers

2006 Summer Session

Oral Communication for Nonnative Speakers

2005 Summer Session

Oral Communication for Nonnative Speakers

2004 Summer Session

Oral Communication for Nonnative Speakers

2003 Summer Session

Oral Communication for Nonnative Speakers

2002 Summer Session

Oral Communication for Nonnative Speakers

2001 Summer Session

Oral Communication for Nonnative Speakers

2000 Summer Session

Oral Communication for Nonnative Speakers

1999 Summer Session

Oral Communication for Nonnative Speakers

Previous Courses by Course

COMM ST 1A
Public Speaking for Nonnative Speakers
COMM ST A
Oral Communication for Nonnative Speakers

2006 Summer Session

2005 Summer Session

2004 Summer Session

2003 Summer Session

2002 Summer Session

2001 Summer Session

2000 Summer Session

1999 Summer Session