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Experienced Public Speaking

  • Experienced Students Only
  • Days
  • Years 7 - 9

This workshop, which changes every holiday, helps students develop specific public speaking skills.

Over the January holidays, the focus will be on Textual Analysis Speeches.

Student to Teacher Ratio 9:1
Course Objectives
  • Provide high school students with an opportunity to develop their skills in a novel public speaking setting.

  • Expose students to more advanced theory sessions that focus on a specific public speaking concept.

  • Give students plenty of opportunities to practice their speaking skills and receive feedback.

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Course Overview

Bookings for the Winter Workshops opening in late May – Register your interest to join the fun here

 

As students progress through high school, they’re likely to come across many challenges – one of which will undoubtedly be public speaking.  Each of these opportunities to present will come with a unique set of circumstances, and it’s important that students are across a range of different speaking styles to meet the trials they’re almost certain to face.

Our Experienced Public Speaking workshop seeks to help students not only meet those trials, but to truly conquer them.  This program changes every holiday and places the focus on a different skill or type of public speaking, including:

  • Summer Holidays – Textual Analysis Speeches;
  • Autumn Holidays – Impromptu Speeches;
  • Winter Holidays – Mock Trials; and
  • Spring Holidays – Speaking Manner.

Whilst it’s recommended that students give each of these focuses a try, there is no particular need to start with any of them, meaning students are welcome to join at any time!

As with all our programs, we make sure that every classroom environment is nurturing for each individual, and that all the activities are lots of fun for all students. Every focus is a great opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of public speaking and build their confidence to take those challenges head-on.

During the April holiday period, we will be providing a two-day program that places the focus squarely on impromptu speeches.

Whilst touched upon in all our courses (including our beginner Foundations of Public Speaking program), impromptu speaking is a different skill from the type of prepared speeches that students are often taught.  Rather than giving students the opportunity to consider their topic well in advance of delivering their presentation, impromptu speeches involve giving students only a few minutes (if any time at all) to give a talk on a randomly allocated topic.

Learning to think on your feet, not to mention speaking with confidence under pressure, is an invaluable skill that benefits students in school, work and their social lives.  Impromptu speaking is one of the best ways to develop these skills.

Whilst children appear to not be at particularly high risk from COVID-19, SSA places their safety (and the safety of our coaches) as our highest priority.  This emphasis on safety is the first tier of our teaching policy.

We generally consider the risk of transmission at our programs to be very unlikely.  This is for three reasons:

  1. From a general perspective, whilst children are not immune, they do show substantially milder symptoms than adults, and appear to catch and transmit the virus at lower rates.
  2. Despite high vaccination levels, the Government is still acting cautiously in removing restrictions – most people who catch the virus are quarantined, as are any known close contacts, which has significantly limited the spread of the virus.
  3. We have put in place a range of extra protections that are reviewed continuously for best practice, and seek to keep students as safe as possible.

We have prepared our COVID-19 Action Plan, which outlines the three methods we are using to keep students safe.

Whilst you are very welcome to read the Action Plan in full, the four elements are:

  1. Vaccination – all of our onsite staff are fully vaccinated, so they pose a substantially reduced risk to our students;
  2. Symptom Testing – whilst we instruct all parents not to send students displaying symptoms (or awaiting test results), we will be using temperature checks and coach training to ensure that any students who show symptoms are isolated and removed from programs;
  3. Limited Exposure – there are a range of steps in place to help ensure that students (and parents) socially distance, and limit the chance of spreading the virus; and
  4. Enhanced Sanitation – we have adopted hand and surface cleaning regimens to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Additionally, we will also be continuing to offer online programs for the foreseeable future. This will help ensure that parents and students who are uncomfortable with physical classes have an alternative that allows them to feel safe, whilst still receiving a quality education in public speaking and debating.

Please check out our COVID-19 Action Plan here, or get in touch if you have any questions!

Our Experienced Public Speaking workshop is an experienced level program.

This program is meant for students with formal coaching in public speaking, rather than new students – we strongly recommend that students only enrol if:

  • they have completed our Foundations of Public Speaking or Public Speaking Honeyeaters holiday programs (or have previously completed an Experienced Public Speaking or Public Speaking Herons program, and want to try a new focus);
  • they have attended at least one of our Public Speaking term programs whilst in primary school, including our Public Speaking Penguins course;
  • they’ve received extensive training with another provider; or
  • they attend a school with a comprehensive public speaking program (which they have completed).

Importantly, debating and public speaking are very different skills – attending a debating program, or participating in a debating program at school, doesn’t really prepare students for this workshop.  They would be better off giving our Foundations of Public Speaking program a try.

If you’re not sure whether your child would be better suited for our Foundations of Public Speaking or Experienced Public Speaking program, please get in touch and we would be more than happy to discuss it with you!

This course seeks to assist students to present solid impromptu speeches by:

  • teaching strategies that allow students to present speeches with minimal preparation time;
  • detailing potential structures that students can use to help develop impromptu speeches in a pinch; and
  • providing students with various opportunities to present to the group and receive individualised feedback.

Day #1

We kick off the first day with some ice breakers, and then a revision of the concepts covered in the Foundations of Public Speaking program.  We then move on to the most common fundamental structure for impromptu speeches – the FAT method – and help students develop a range of concepts that they would feel comfortable discussing as part of an unprepared speech.  The day concludes with a number of different speaking activities that consolidate these ideas, and help students reflect upon their impromptu speaking manner.

 

Day #2

The second day takes students through a range of different structures they might use in addition to the traditional IBC and FAT methods. Students are shown how to adapt stimuli to topics they’re passionate about, as well as topics that encourage them to expand their perspective of others and the world around them. With plenty of opportunities to practice accompanied by coach support and feedback, students will be well-prepared for a final presentation of their own impromptu speech to their peers.

Our classes vary in size every holiday depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Experienced Public Speaking class is 9 students with one coach.

If there aren’t any spots left, it’s usually because we’ve hit capacity – please get in touch with us and we’ll see what we can do about either opening an extra class, fitting your child into the existing class, or putting you on a waitlist in case any students pull out!

After each program, students will go home with:

  • a feedback sheet prepared by their coach, which outlines what they’ve improved on during the course, and what they could continue to work on in the future;
  • a certificate recognising that they have completed the Experienced Public Speaking workshop;
  • a completed coursebook that contains all of the theory they’ve covered, as well as any notes that they’ve taken; and
  • a much better understanding of a specific skill associated with public speaking!

If you’re interested in doing another holiday program, we would recommend that students move onto either:

Unfortunately, we don’t run any weekly public speaking programs for high school students – that said, if you think there is demand in your area, please get in touch, and we’ll see what we can do!

Course Reviews

My son really enjoyed the class. He said the teacher was great - he is humorous, vivid and knowledgeable! There was a point to learn behind each game they played. Also there was a structured notebook for them to write down the key points and strategies they learned. My boy said he had a great time!

Roz, Parent Experienced Public Speaking

My daughter thought her coach was very engaging, explained things well, gave useful comments and there the right balance of fun games and learning.

She came away with more confidence and some good ideas for improvement.

Belinda, Parent Experienced Public Speaking
  • After our Summer 2021 programs...

  • 100%

    of Experienced Public Speaking students had fun!

  • 100%

    of Experienced Public Speaking students felt their confidence improved.

  • 94%

    of Experienced Public Speaking students believed their argumentation improved.

  • 94%

    of Experienced Public Speaking students wanted to come back next time!