In this minor, students will focus on developing their presentation and advocacy skills: an understanding of how to plan a speech; build a strong and persuasive argument; and to give a convincing speech, with plenty of practice to build confidence for the future.Apply Now
This course replicates contexts that students are likely to encounter in their future academic, professional, and social development, equipping them with lessons from great leaders of the past.
Over two weeks, students will work on practical aspects of speech giving, such as body language, clarity of delivery and maintaining eye contact with their audience. Students gain wide-ranging experience of public speaking and debate, and by the end of the course they have a firm grounding in essential skills and feel confident in their ability to take on new challenges.
In each session students are shown new techniques and strategies, and then given plenty of opportunities to put these into practice. Sessions are structured so that there is plenty of time for questions and discussion; this approach is central to all ORA courses, but none more so than Public Speaking and Leadership, where the chance to speak up is paramount. The two-week period leads up to a formal debating competition for the whole class on a chosen subject.
The course also looks at a variety of famous speeches from history up to the present day to see how famous speakers and leaders have used various techniques, and what students can learn from their success: Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ and Julia Gillard’s ‘misogyny speech’ are both rigorously analysed.
The workshop debates address a variety of issues, ranging from easily accessible topics (e.g. the length of school holidays or the value of school uniform) to more complex and challenging social issues (the death penalty, euthanasia, the legalisation of drugs) depending on age group.
Students will work alongside peers from across the world, often from very different cultures and backgrounds. This is a valuable opportunity to learn respectful discourse with those who hold different beliefs – crucial when discussing delicate social and political problems in debate.
This course has been specifically designed to provide students with an insight into university life in the United States. Students will nominate both a major and a minor subject, and will spend two weeks building their knowledge and skills in their chosen subject areas.
Students will receive 35 hours of tuition across each two-week session, following their major subject for around 75% of the time and their minor choice for the remaining hours.
In their major class, students will learn in a variety of styles, such as traditional classroom learning, interactive seminars and through debates and discussions with fellow students from around the world. Students can expect to have their views challenged and discuss different points of view, and can expect to leave with new insights and a refreshed ability to defend their own viewpoints.
For the minor classes, which will be more skills-based, students can expect to work in small groups and individually in order to solve a problem or bring an idea to life. In doing so, they will work on key attributes for future study and employment, including presentation skills, leadership, teambuilding, creative thinking and evaluating potential solutions.
You are thinking about attending university or college in the United States, and would like an insight into what that would be like; and you would like to spend two or four weeks on the campus of one of the best universities in the world, studying alongside like-minded peers and building your knowledge and skills in academic disciplines both familiar and entirely new.
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