Public Speaking Hummingbirds – Online

  • Beginner
  • 4 Days
  • Years 5 - 6

This introductory level course aims to give primary school students a head start on their public speaking and speech writing skills in a fun and welcoming atmosphere using our online platform.

Student to Teacher Ratio 8:1
Course Objectives
  • Provide late primary students with their an introduction to public speaking.

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

  • Give students plenty of feedback to help them develop.

  • Help students develop a love for presenting to audiences!

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Time

9:30AM - 1:00PM

Length

4 Days

Price

$190

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Course Overview

Public speaking often feels scary – but it doesn’t need to be.  This four day program (over eight sessions) aims to help late-primary students change the narrative in their minds, and turn public speaking from a source of fear into something they genuinely enjoy.

By giving students a head start on their public speaking and speech writing skills in a welcoming environment, this course lays strong foundations by assisting students develop an understanding of speech preparation alongside the development of a confident and engaging speaking manner.

As with all our online programs, class sizes are kept small (a maximum of 8) so that each student can be provided with maximum support and attention, including plenty of individualised feedback from our experienced coaches.

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 intensive programs run for eight sessions over four days, with each session being 1.5 hours long, and a good half an 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 Hummingbirds Online workshop is a beginner level program.

It is designed for students with little (or even no) public speaking experience at a late primary school level, and is perfect for shy and confident students alike!

We generally recommend that students who have done our Marsupials programs still do our Public Speaking Hummingbirds course.

If your child has some public speaking experience and you’re not sure whether would suit them, please get in touch and we’d be more than happy to discuss which is most appropriate for your circumstances!

Over the course of the workshop, students will be:

  • exposed to techniques that help build confidence and overcome fears, particularly by changing the narrative around public speaking more generally;
  • introduced to the key components for preparing a speech, with a focus on developing ideas (matter) and structuring them into a persuasive presentation (method);
  • shown how to effectively speak in front of an audience (manner); and
  • given various opportunities to present both impromptu and prepared speeches to the class.

Connecting with Audiences

The first two sessions focus on both creating a supportive and welcoming class environment, as well as the connection that exists between speakers and their audience.  Students will consider the importance of keeping audiences at the forefront when preparing speeches, and strategies that they can use to help engage them more effectively.

 

Developing Speech Ideas

As students progress, the focus will shift towards brainstorming ideas that they can craft into speeches.  This involves coming up with opinions on various topics, which students are then required to back up through a range of different speaking activities using the online platform.

 

Forming Persuasive Speeches

Once students are comfortable devising ideas for their speeches, the next step is to turn those ideas into a coherent speech.  Students learn how to craft their reasons into arguments, as well as how to both grab and keep their audiences attention using effective introductions and conclusions. Each week focuses on a different concept, and includes multiple opportunities to present.

 

Final Presentations

On the fourth day, students will finalise and give their final presentations to the class, and parents are invited to sit in and watch. This is a great opportunity for students to present to a fuller audience, which not only helps them develop their confidence, but also represents an opportunity to showcase what they’ve learned.

Our classes vary in size every term depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Public Speaking Hummingbirds 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 program;
  • the speech that they prepared for their final presentations; and
  • hopefully a changed narrative in their mind, where public speaking is something to enjoy rather than fear!

Whilst we do try to keep classes relatively small, we are only able to run classes where 4 or more registrations have been received.

Course Reviews

My son thoroughly enjoyed this program. Thank you!

Sonia, Parent Public Speaking Hummingbirds

My daughter enjoyed the course very much and wished it would go on for another week! She is now very motivated to work on her speech for the school’s upcoming public speaking competition using what she learned! Well done to all coaches!

Chui, Parent Public Speaking Hummingbirds
  • Of the parents we've surveyed about our online programs...

  • Felt their child had fun

    100%
  • Believed their child's confidence improved

    100%
  • Thought their child's speech structure improved

    100%
  • Said their child's manner improved

    92%