9:30AM - 11:30AM
8th February - 4th April
Formerly Term Public Speaking Koalas
A beginner program that is ideal for students in Years 3 – 4 who are new to public speaking and who would like to build their confidence.
Give students an introduction to the basic concepts of public speaking, including forming opinions and speech structure.
Provide students with the opportunity to participate in weekly speeches and build their confidence.
Allows students to practice their skills and receive feedback to help them develop.
Formerly Term Public Speaking Koalas
Public Speaking Wallabies is a beginner level program that is ideal for students new to public speaking, and who would like to build their confidence. Providing an introduction to the fundamental concepts involved with public speaking, this course is a great way to help prepare students for the speaking tasks they will encounter in later primary school years and beyond!
As with each of our weekly term programs, students will be given multiple opportunities to present each session in a fun and supportive environment. Our experienced and passionate coaches ensure that all lessons are interactive experiences that put student centred and experiential learning front and centre.
Our Public Speaking Wallabies course is a beginner level program.
This course assumes no particular knowledge – students are more than welcome to join the program with little (or even no) public speaking experience. All students have to start somewhere, and there is no better place to do so than through this program.
With this in mind, the program is also appropriate for students who have already completed our Speaking Camp Koalas or Speaking Camp Kangaroos holiday programs – the Public Speaking Wallabies course helps students develop a different range of speaking skills, and uses a various different activities. This means that students are able (and encouraged) to do this program, even if they’ve already completed our holiday programs for the same age group.
That said, if your child has already done multiple holiday programs with us, has formal public speaking training from another provider, or is just potentially more interested in debating, they are also welcome to give our Debating Wallabies program a shot.
Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss what’s best for your child!
Over the course of the term, students will have the opportunity to:
Connecting with Audiences
The first couple of sessions focus on relationships. The program starts by creating strong relationships between the students, as well as the coach, in order to create a welcoming class atmosphere. Students are then taken through the importance of connecting with their audiences, and how speeches essentially represent a relationship between the speaker and those listening to the presentation.
Developing Speech Ideas
As students progress, they will look at how their own opinions can supply the bedrock of a good speech. Students will have various opportunities to share and justify their opinions as presentations to their peers, as well as receive plenty of individual feedback from their coaches to help them develop.
Forming Persuasive Speeches
From about halfway through the term, students will start learning how to put together persuasive speeches. Using the opinions they formed in earlier sessions, they will learn how to form their justifications and reasons into arguments, and how to craft interesting introductions and strong conclusions that help frame their speech. Each week focuses on a different concept and includes multiple opportunities to present.
As with all our weekly programs, the term concludes with a presentation to the students’ parents. This is a great way to help them develop the confidence to speak directly to adults, as well as being a good opportunity for them to showcase their new skills. Students generally spend the last couple of sessions preparing and practicing their speeches for the presentation.
Our classes vary in size every term depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Public Speaking Wallabies class is around eight students with one coach.
If there aren’t any spots left, it’s usually because we’ve hit capacity, but may also be the result of a miscommunication with the coaching college – 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:
If you’re interested in doing another term program, we generally recommend that students do our Public Speaking Wallabies program twice – the first time to grapple with the concepts, and the second time to deepen their understanding of public speaking and a whole, and to work more closely on their manner.
That said, if they have completed Public Speaking Wallabies twice, there is no convenient option to do it a second time, or they would like to give debating a try, they would be very welcome to join one of our Debating Wallabies programs. This program looks at debating rather than public speaking, which involves a very different set of speaking skills.
Alternatively, if you were looking to do an intensive holiday program, we would recommend that students give our Speaking Camp Kangaroos program a try. This holiday workshop teaches a range of different skills, and changes from holiday to holiday, giving students the opportunities to develop their speaking skills in a range of novel circumstances, from advertising to storytelling.
Our son enjoyed the classes very much. I can see that he is more confident when he stand up in front of audience. He needs to do this more often. Thanks!
The teachers were amazing, very encouraging and helpful. Gave feedback when I asked and cared about the children's progress.