Sylvia Merschel

Sylvia Merschel

Retired Lecturer


Curriculum Vitae

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Co-director – UCLA Communication Skills Institute for International Students, Lecturer – Public Speaking for Nonnative Speakers.

Information about my class:

Public Speaking for Nonnative Speakers (Communication 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!


B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Selected 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.