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During this course, students become adept at planning speeches and use them to deliver compelling arguments. Students analyse techniques used in famous speeches throughout history, including right up to the present day.
This course provides a supportive and welcoming environment in which to develop confidence, structure and eloquence when speaking in public. Students on this course become skilled at researching, delivering and defending a speech in front of a range of audience types. Throughout the course, practical development sessions ensure that students have ample opportunity to test and refine their skills as they go, providing an effective and comprehensive skill set by the end of the programme.
Students receive a full day of classical voice coaching which emphasises the importance of language, tone, style, body language and more. Students are able to put this training to the test as they give a talk on a topic of interest to all other 19+ students present at Oxford Royale. However, public speaking is not just about delivery; the end of a speech can sometimes be more tricky than the beginning.
Students therefore consider the importance of being able to think on their feet and learn that preparation is the key when it comes to confidently responding to questions, managing audience reactions to speeches, and being a self-assured debater. Being well versed in all aspects of your speech’s subject matter is crucial: expecting the unexpected ensures that you are not questioned on unrehearsed topics. Also explored are the pros and cons of using visual aids such as PowerPoints. The course concludes with a competitive debate in the chambers of the Oxford Union, one of the world’s most prestigious debating societies.
The course starts with an exploration of the skills required to be a great public speaker and learning the theory and methodology of public speaking. The history of public speaking is examined, and students analyse famous historical speeches and the methods that famous and contemporary speakers, such as former US President Barack Obama, employ. Students then examine the reasoning and means by which speakers overcome anxiety when speaking in front of a crowd.
Using universally recognised theoretical approaches to public speaking and reasoning such as the Toulmin method of argumentation and Aristotle’s philosophical approach to speaking, students enhance their understanding of how to construct both a persuasive speech and an informative one and explore the importance of research and preparation when constructing an effective speech.
By the end of the course, students will have:
|Day||Week 1||Week 2|
|Monday||Lesson 1: Introduction to Public Speaking||
Lesson 11: From written to spoken language
|Lesson 2: The world’s best speakers & famous speeches||Lesson 12: Listening and feedback|
|Tuesday||Lesson 3: Managing anxiety about public speaking||Field trip or educational event|
Lesson 4: Different types of public speaking and the core speech
|Lesson 5: Narrative|
|Lesson 6: Types of speech|
|Wednesday||Lesson 7: Writing a speech||
Lesson 13: Analysing the audience Lesson 14: Questions and Answers; preparation and responses
|Lesson 8: Metaphor|
|Thursday||Field Trip or educational event||Lesson 15: The Toulmin Model|
|Lesson 16: Aristotle’s Rhetoric|
|Lesson 17: Visual Aids and PowerPoint|
|Lesson 18: Fallacies|
|Friday||Lesson 9: Recap and peroration||Lesson 19: Preparing for debate|
|Lesson 10: Giving a speech||Lesson 20: Debating|
|Group tutorial||Lesson 21: Tutorial|
Take this course if you would like to be able to deliver high quality, impactful presentations and captivate an audience like the great orators of history.
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