Public Speaking Hawks – Online

  • Experienced
  • 4 Days
  • Years 5 - 6

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

Over the July holidays, the focus will be on Impromptu Speeches.

Student to Teacher Ratio 8:1
Course Objectives
  • Provide 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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9:30AM - 1:00PM


4 Days



Course Overview

The world of public speaking is vast – we all speak to audiences in a range of different circumstances, from a chat in the playground to school assemblies to workplace meetings.  Every presentation, impromptu or prepared, requires a wide range of different skills.  Our Public Speaking Hawks program seeks to help students close those gaps and flourish in their own way.

This program changes every holiday, allowing students to practice and develop a much wider range of public speaking skills. Each break involves a different focus, from textual analysis to mock trials, where students will delve deep over the course of the four days, and emerge with a substantially better understanding of that concept (and public speaking more generally).

During the July holiday period, we will be providing a four day program which places the focus squarely on impromptu speeches.

Whilst touched upon in all our courses (including our beginner Public Speaking Hummingbirds program), impromptu speaking is a different skill to 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.

We genuinely believe that whilst our online programs look and feel a little different, they are just as effective in helping students develop their speaking abilities.

Unlike most providers, we run all our online programs live in small classes – nothing is pre-recorded, and everything happens in real time. This means that coaches are able to adapt their teaching style to the class that they actually have, leading to the best possible learning outcomes for students.

Students are also given just as many opportunities to practice in front of an audience – whilst not physically present, students can still see all their peers’ faces on the computer screen, providing them with an audience that feels (and is) very real.  This means that students are still able to apply the theory they learn, develop their confidence, and crucially receive indvidualised feedback in real time.

If you’re still not sure, check out our video on online programs or get in touch to learn more!

All of our online holiday workshops run for eight sessions over four days, with each session being 1.5 hours long, and a good half hour break between the two sessions.

So, for example, if the program was scheduled for 9:30am to 1:00pm each day, the first session that day would be from 9:30am to 11:00am, with a half an hour break before the second session between 11:30am and 1:00pm.

Students won’t be starting at the screen all day either – they will get a short break in the middle of each session, and will be encouraged to prepare their practice speeches (at least one every session) on paper, as they would in a physical classroom setting.

Our Public Speaking Hawks workshop is an experienced level program.

Designed for students with at least some formal coaching in public speaking, we recommend that students only enrol if:

  • they have completed our Public Speaking Hummingbirds holiday program (or have previously done the Public Speaking Hawks program, and want to try one of the other focuses);
  • they have attended at least one of our Public Speaking term programs, including our Public Speaking Wallabies or Parrots courses;
  • 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 likely be better off giving our Public Speaking Hummingbirds program a try.

If you have any questions about which program would best suit your child, please don’t hesitate to get in touch so we can help out!

This course seeks to assist students 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.

Revision & Fundamentals

We kick off the first day with some ice breakers, and then a revision of the concepts covered in the Public Speaking Hummingbirds program. We then move onto the most common fundamental structure for impromptu speeches – the FAT method – and help students develop a range of concepts that they would be happy discussing as part of an unprepared speech. The day includes a number of different speaking activities that consolidate these ideas and apply this simple structure.


Alternate Structures

The second day takes students through a range of different structures they might use in addition to the traditional IBC and FAT methods, and provides them with ample opportunity to apply those structures in a range of different impromptu speeches.


Applying Topics

On the third day, students are shown how to adapt stimuli to topics they’re comfortable talking about, and given a wide range of opportunities to practice their impromptu speaking using real-world topics commonly used in public speaking competitions.


Final Presentations

On the fourth day, students will have a range of opportunities to apply the skills they’ve learned in the earlier sessions, and present multiple different impromptu speeches to their peers!

Our classes vary in size every term depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Public Speaking Hawks Online class is around eight 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!

By the end of each program, students will have:

  • typed feedback, prepared individually for them by their coach, which goes through what they’ve improved on, and what still needs some work;
  • a digital certificate recognising their achievements;
  • a digital course booklet (that can be printed), which covers everything they’ve learned over the course of the term;
  • the speech that they prepared for their final presentations; and
  • a better understanding of a new public speaking skill!
Course Reviews

The kids loved it!! The teacher was fantastic!

Lucy-Ellen, Parent Public Speaking Hawks

It was very enjoyable and encouraging for kids to learn public speaking and the Australian legal system.

The topics were very good, and they taught it well.

Aman, Parent Public Speaking Hawks
  • After our Online April 2020 Holiday Programs...

  • Year 5 - 6 students who had fun

  • Year 5 - 6 students who felt their confidence improved

  • Year 5 - 6 students who believed their manner improved

  • Year 5 - 6 students who want to come back next time