Foundations of Public Speaking

  • Beginner
  • 2 Days
  • Years 7 - 9

A public speaking program designed to help students in early high school develop the confidence to bring their words to life.

Student to Teacher Ratio 10:1
Course Objectives
  • Provide students with an introduction to the world of public speaking.

  • Help students devise speech topics, and put ideas into a persuasive structure.

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

  • Facilitiate students developing a love for public speaking!

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Course Overview

Public speaking is a necessary part of life.  Whilst this may sound scary, it really doesn’t have to be.  Our Foundations of Public Speaking program aims to help early high school students change the narrative of fear, find their feet, and turn public speaking into a source of fun in their lives.

By helping students develop their speech writing and persuasive speaking skills in a nurturing environment, this course provides students with the necessary skills they will need to prepare structured and engaging speeches throughout high school.

As with each of our workshops, we make sure that the classes are kept small, and that all students have plenty of opportunities to practice their skills with their peers.

Our Foundations of Public Speaking workshop is a beginner level program.

It is designed for students with little (or even no) public speaking experience in early high school, and is perfect for all students, regardless of whether they are introverted or love being the centre of attention!

That said, if your child has just entered Year 7 and has already done our Public Speaking Hummingbirds program, they are welcome to progress straight to our Experienced Public Speaking program.

If your child has already had plenty of exposure to public speaking, and you’re not sure whether our Foundations or Experienced Public Speaking program is best for your child, please reach out and we would be more than happy to talk things through with you!

Over the course of the workshop, students will be:

  • provided with a range of experienced that help them build resilience and overcome any fear of public speaking;
  • introduced to the key ideas around speechcraft, with a particular focus on developing speech ideas, crafting them into a persuasive presentation, and how to effectively present those ideas to an audience;
  • exposed to the basics of textual analysis speeches, which form a major part of the NSW English syllabus for high school students; and
  • given various opportunities to present both impromptu and prepared speeches with their peers.

Day #1

After breaking the ice with the students, the first day had three focusses.  First, students will learn how to best engage their audiences.  Second, they will be given a range of techniques that they can use to develop speech ideas. Third, they will look at speech structure, and in particular speech bodies.  Students will also participate in a range of prepared and impromptu presentations over the course of the day.

 

Day #2

On the second day, students will start with the remaining two elements of a common persuasive speech – introductions and conclusions – as well as cover the basics of textual analysis speeches.  They’ll finish the day by pulling everything they’ve learned together into a comprehensive prepared speech, and present it to their peers.

Similar to the first day, there will also be a range of impromptu activities to help students continue to develop their confidence as a speaker!

Our classes vary in size every holiday depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Foundations of Public Speaking class is 10 students with one coach, and 16 students with two coaches.

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 personal feedback sheet prepared by their coach, which goes through what they’ve improved on, and what still needs some work;
  • a certificate recognising their achievements at the workshop;
  • a booklet that includes all the concepts they’ve covered over the course of the program, as well as any notes that they’ve taken;
  • a completed persuasive speech, which they deliver to their peers at the end of the second day; and
  • hopefully a changed narrative in their mind, where public speaking is something to enjoy rather than fear!

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

Unfortunately we don’t run any weekly term 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 daughter was initially very reluctant to attend the course and I had a great deal of trouble persuading her to go, but after the first day she came out of the classroom smiling and chatting with the coach, and said she really benefited by the course and that she liked it and enjoyed the learning, the tips given were very beneficial and she even taught us at home what they were. After the second day she said she would love to attend another holiday course.

Thank you to Rob who obviously did a great job in coaching this class. I would definitely enrol her again for a holiday workshop.

Judy, Parent Foundations of Public Speaking

My son thought it was 'quite good' - which in teenage speak means 'great'. He was public speaking some time later and was pleasantly surprised at how good he had become at public speaking, there was a noticeable improvement. So I am looking to send my other children along too!

Jo, Parent Foundations of Public Speaking