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Public Speaking for the Modern World and Workplace

Public Speaking for the Modern World and Workplace

Hone your skills in speech-writing and public speaking this summer on this summer Public Speaking course, residential in a top UK university.

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Course Summary

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.

How will the Public Speaking course help me?

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.

What to expect from the Public Speaking course

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.

Course Outcomes

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…

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.


Lady Margaret Hall

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 13-15, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single & twin (please note that we are unable to accept requests for particular room types)
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1878

Cambridge University Accommodation

  • Location Cambridge
  • Ages Ages: 16-18 & 19+ (separate accommodation)
  • Bedroom Type Single & twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in University of Cambridge was founded in 1209

Merton College

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1264

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