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Public Speaking Wallabies

  • Beginner
  • Weeks
  • Years 3 - 4

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.

Student to Teacher Ratio 8:1
Course Objectives
  • 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.

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Course Overview

Bookings for Term #4 are now closed. Register your interest for Term #1, 2022!

All in-person programs will run online whilst the NSW lockdown continues, and we aim to resume classes once we have clear information from the NSW Government. 

 

Public Speaking Wallabies is a beginner level program, ideal for students new to public speaking and who would like to build their confidence.  By providing an introduction to the fundamental concepts involved with public speaking, this course helps prepare students for the speaking tasks they will encounter in later primary school years and beyond!

Every term, we ensure that our Public Speaking Wallabies program helps students understand the fundamental concepts involved with public speaking, from the importance of their audience to coming up with speech ideas. However, the specific focus of the program alternates, with:

  • Term #1 and #3 emphasising speaking manner; and
  • Term #2 and #4 looking at method and speech structure in more depth.

We recommend that students complete both programs to ensure they cover all their bases – however, there is no particular need to start with either stream, so students are welcome to begin any term of the year!

As with each of our weekly term programs, students will have 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.

One of the hardest parts of writing a speech is knowing where to start. What should I speak about? Which part ought I write first? How can I express my ideas, so my audience will understand where I’m coming from?

This term, students will be focusing on the methods involved in preparing a speech, with a particular focus on structuring their speeches. Utilising activity-based, experiential learning, students will spend most of their time in this program developing a range of presentations – using activities that feel like games – helping them learn how to piece together their thoughts into a coherent and engaging presentation (whilst also finding some time to develop their speaking manner as well)!

During the upcoming term, we will be offeringing all our weekly programs online while the NSW Government Lockdown continues.

For the most part, there is very little that separates our online and physical programs – both are interactive, cover the same theoretical concepts, and give students a range of opportunities to practice and develop their skills. Whilst some activities are different between the two, as some activities lend themselves better to physical or online classes, the actual learning outcomes remain the same for both classes.

Notably, the difference in price isn’t an indication of the quality of the program, or how much students will get out of the experience – both get the same amount of attention and care, and we’ve found some students develop better in an online environment.  The deviation instead is simply a result of the higher costs (such as venue hire) associated with running classes in-person.

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. Local transmission rates are currently low, and the Government is acting very 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 three elements are:

  1. 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;
  2. 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
  3. 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 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.

That said, we usually recommend that students do two terms of our Public Speaking Wallabies program to ensure that they cover all the basics of public speaking:

  • on focusing on ‘manner’ (the way that students present to audiences), which runs in Terms #1 & #3; and
  • the other focusing on ‘method’ (the best way to structure a speech), which runs in Terms #2 or #4.

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 (or alternatively our Koalas Online or Kangaroos Online programs) – the Public Speaking Wallabies course helps students develop a different range of speaking skills, and uses various activities that differ from the holiday programs.  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 more interested in debating, they should 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:

  • learn core introductory theory focusing on the essential elements of persuasive speeches;
  • gain lots of exposure to speaking activities, which will help them build confidence and develop good speaking habits and techniques; and
  • practice their budding skills in a supportive environment, alongside peers of a similar age and ability level.

Connecting with Audiences

The first few sessions help students get to know one another and feel comfortable in the classroom setting.  Amongst various speaking activities, students will be exposed to the concept of an audience, and come to understand that speeches are about finding a connection between their personal interests and the people listening to their presentation.

 

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.

 

Forming Persuasive Speeches

From the mid-point of the term, students will start crafting speeches – starting with their speech bodies, before moving onto introductions and (if there is time) conclusions.  Each week will have a different focus, with the idea that students can build their speeches over time.

 

Parent Presentations

The term ends with a parent presentation – an opportunity for students to present to an adult audience.  Parent presentations are not only a great way to help students develop their confidence, but also represent an opportunity to showcase what they’ve learned.  Students generally spend the last couple of sessions preparing and practising their speeches for the presentation.

For physical classes, we’ll make an assessment closer to the end of the term as to whether we can run presentations in person. If government restrictions still prevent parents from entering the classrooms, we’ll either film their presentations, or potentially live stream them for parents to watch from home!

 

Our classes vary in size every workshop 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 – 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:

  • a feedback sheet, prepared individually for them by their coach, which goes through what they’ve improved on, and what still needs some work;
  • a certificate recognising their achievements;
  • a course booklet that covers everything they’ve learned throughout the program;
  • the speech that they prepared for their final presentations; and
  • a better understanding of what makes a persuasive speech!
Course Reviews

Highly recommendable. My daughter is learning thick and fast, and enjoys the sessions very much. The staff is highly qualified, also another remarkable point is great communication with parents and students.

Vishal, Parent Public Speaking Wallabies

Very impressed with the online teaching!

Renuka, Parent Public Speaking Wallabies
  • After our Term #4 programs...

  • 100%

    of Year 3 - 4 students surveyed enjoyed attending the programs

  • 100%

    of Year 3 - 4 students surveyed felt more confident

  • 88%

    of Year 3 - 4 students surveyed saw their speaking manner significantly improve

  • 88%

    of Year 3 - 4 students surveyed really wanted to come back again next time