RHEFINE Project Rhetoric for Innovative Education

Presentation of the O2 – Online Course in Rhetoric

Draft Programs

Suggestions on evaluating a possible Online Course in Rhetoric are included at the end of the book.

The aims are:

– to form basic skills that combine a critical analysis of the theoretical rhetorical heritage and analytical skills;

– to develop skills in the implementation of training in oratory and speech delivery;

– to produce different rhetorical genres and formats;

– to prepare arguments;

– to take part in modern media genres.


The Online Course in Rhetoric briefly introduces the theoretical and methodological heritage of rhetoric and some contemporary rhetorical and communicative practices.

The course is designed for students who are studying rhetoric.

The course could be useful during training courses or in consultancy to improve oratorical skills.

The course has a practical and methodological focus and it is not intended to represent the wide range of rhetorical knowledge and practices over the millennia.

The course is intended to introduce some of the major topic areas in rhetoric and to present methods of teaching rhetoric and oratory.

The course is divided into 4 parts.

Theoretical module. It briefly presents the theoretical knowledge. Definitions are given. Links are provided to the glossary (a glossary of terms and definitions grouped by different topics and areas of rhetoric), where definitions of over 90 terms are presented. Opportunities to learn additional information from online resources are presented.

Research module. It attempts to synthesize types of analyses concerning orators, rhetorical genres, the role of rhetoric in society, rhetorical arguments, etc.

Application and Practice Module. It aims at developing and improving skills of participation in different genres and formats and gaining practical experience. Rhetorical canons and stages are given. Possible speech structures are outlined.

Learning Module. Training is part of the rhetorical heritage. This module provides options concerning how one can organize the formation, development and improvement of skills in oratory, in particular giving speeches and making speeches, addresses, statements and presentations.

Practical / Training module

The training module includes information about teaching rhetoric, traditional and modern teaching methods as well as options concerning formation, development and refinement of the voice and non-linguistic means. Online resources and recommendations are presented too.

This part of the Online Course in Rhetoric contains a topical glossary that includes rhetorical terms, definitions and examples of some of them.


Theoretical module

Definitions of rhetoric and types of rhetoric

Basic theoretical terms

Monological rhetorical genres

Dialogical rhetorical formats

Arguments and argumentation

Rhetorical figures and tropes

Contemporary manifestations of rhetoric


Research module

The importance of rhetorical research

Rhetorical analysis by 13 criteria or steps

Rhetorical analysis using basic rhetorical concepts

Rhetorical and other types of debate analysis

Argumentative analysis

Genre analysis

Analysis to derive a model

Multivariate analysis

Rhetorical analysis of manifestations in a virtual environment

Rhetorical analyses of different domains, phenomena, processes

Online resources

Learning Module

Rethinking the traditional rhetorical paradigm

The model from reading to effective speech delivery

Speech structure: techniques and approaches. Practical assignments

Presentations. Practical assignments

Media contributions. Practical assignments

Business meeting. Practical assignments

Podcast. Practical assignments


Practical / Training module

Traditions in teaching rhetoric

Options for teaching rhetoric in the 21st century

Formation, development and refinement of the voice

Formation, development and improvement of non-linguistic means

Modern teaching methods

Online resources and oratory

Summary and recommendations



Monological rhetorical genres

Dialogical rhetorical genres

Arguments and argumentation

Rhetorical figures, tropes and techniques

Presentation: types, features

New manifestation of rhetoric: media, civil, virtual

RHEFINE – Rhetoric for Innovative Education, Number 2020-1-PL01-KA203-082274, Erasmus+ Programme, Key Action 2, Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education.


University of Warsaw – Poland – coordinator

University of Zagreb – Croatia

Institute of Rhetoric and Communications – Bulgaria