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Oxford Summer School for Adults
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Public Speaking - Oxford

Oxford Royale Academy's 2021 Public Speaking Summer School for Adults, on the campus of the University of Oxford, taught by elite ORA academic faculty.

Why Study Public Speaking?

Do you want to deliver speeches that will convince any audience? Our week long Public Speaking and Debate Oxford Summer School gives you the public speaking and debating skills to excel in your career, from job interviews to work meetings. On this course, you’ll learn to manage your voice and body language, control nerves and write and deliver an effective speech from start to finish. You’ll study famous public speaking techniques for a flawless argument, and challenge yourself in diverse public speaking scenarios, from individual speeches to team debates. You’ll explore key theories to improve your technique, and learn how to respond to audience questions. Put your skills to the test by delivering speeches to your peers and engage in a live class debate.

You are invited to attend either Part 1  or Part 2 – or alternatively you can combine both parts into a two-week immersion with Oxford Royale. This modular structure allows you to build the programme around your own study goals and schedule, in order to maximise the benefit to you.

Join our Public Speaking Oxford Summer School, and become a truly inspirational public speaker.

Course Summary

Speeches can take many forms and be either formal or informal in nature. It could be an unscripted speech from a soapbox at Speakers Corner in London all the way through to a well-structured, persuasive and inspirational speech made by a world leader. This course will show you how to use the various facets of speech-writing and speech giving and demonstrate how to select different types of speech (from persuasive to informative) and adapt speech making principles to different situations and audiences.

You will be presented with powerful speech making models covering a wide range of public speaking formats. For many people speech making and public speaking can be a stressful and nerve wracking experience. This course will help you to overcome the natural anxieties that speaking and presenting to public audiences causes. Core technical concepts will be introduced and practised to enable you to use and manipulate language to greater effect through linguistic devices such as narrative and metaphor. The course will culminate in writing your own speeches, delivering these to your peers and then receiving personalised coaching and feedback on your performance.

What’s included?

  • Residential in the prestigious colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Inspiring courses taught by experts
  • A truly international environment – form a global network
  • Accommodation, meals, tuition and cultural programme
  • Graduation, report cards and certificate
  • 5 exciting lectures and 5 lively discussion-based seminars
  • Maximum 10 students per class
  • 15+ hours tuition / week
  • Talks with world-class guest speakers
  • Inspirational cultural programmes, including excursions to historic UK locations
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What you will learn

By the end of the course, you will have:

  • Know, understand as well as make inspiring and effective speeches
  • Recognise, understand and employ the characteristics and attributes of different types of speech
  • Demonstrate the importance of language, narrative and metaphor in speech

Earn your certificate

After your amazing summer of discovery, we know that you’ll want to share your success with your family, friends and teachers back at home. We also know that you’ll want to understand from your ORA tutor what you did particularly well on your course, but also where there might be room for future learning and development.

After successfully completing your course, you’ll receive a graduation certificate, awarded at a memorable ceremony hosted for you and your parents on the final Friday of your summer school. We’ll also provide a detailed report card, highlighting all that you have achieved during your time with us, as well as some next steps for future success.

Course Summary

Debating can be a fiercely competitive activity with every side party to the debate wanting to win the argument.However, many debates can have no clear winners especially if the parties involved become entrenched in their positions and conflict follows. Moreover, the best and most skilful and persuasive debaters are not necessarily the ‘loudest’.

Clear and calm communication skills, particularly in listening, giving constructive feedback and responding to questions will form the first part of the course, enabling you to understand the nature of a formal debate, and discuss the various roles involved in team debating. It will help you become familiar with diverse public speaking and debate scenarios, including individual and group speeches and team debating. Listen to and analyse the spoken word and then analyse philosophical approaches underpinning speech drawn from Aristotle and Toumlin. Learn how to employ rhetorical devices such as pathos and ethos as well as understand fallacy and its impact on argument. The final component of the course will be the application of the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired during the week to a real live debate on a contemporary issue.

What’s included?

  • Residential in the prestigious colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Inspiring courses taught by experts
  • A truly international environment – form a global network
  • Accommodation, meals, tuition and cultural programme
  • Graduation, report cards and certificate
  • 5 exciting lectures and 5 lively discussion-based seminars
  • Maximum 10 students per class
  • 15+ hours tuition / week
  • Talks with world-class guest speakers
  • Inspirational cultural programmes, including excursions to historic UK locations
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What you will learn

By the end of the course you will:

  • Draw on a range of techniques and strategies to perform powerfully in public speaking and debating roles, analysing and adapting to your audience and successfully field and respond to difficult questions
  • Use the communication skills further refined on the course to deliver a powerful debating argument
  • Recognise, analyse and use the Toulmin model and most widely used rhetorical techniques of argumentation

Earn your certificate

After your amazing summer of discovery, we know that you’ll want to share your success with your family, friends and teachers back at home. We also know that you’ll want to understand from your ORA tutor what you did particularly well on your course, but also where there might be room for future learning and development.

After successfully completing your course, you’ll receive a graduation certificate, awarded at a memorable ceremony hosted for you and your parents on the final Friday of your summer school. We’ll also provide a detailed report card, highlighting all that you have achieved during your time with us, as well as some next steps for future success.

Our Oxford Summer School for Adults is back for 2021!

After the disruption of the last 12 months caused by COVID-19, we are looking forward to sharing the wonderful university and city of Oxford with you again in summer 2021! Get ready for a magical summer as you make new friends from around the world in the inspiring surroundings of the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Advance your knowledge in your chosen course, open your mind to new possibilities, and experience world-class culture. Join us for an unforgettable summer!

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Learn from the world’s best minds

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a new discovery at the cutting edge of science? Would you like to learn what it’s like to study in an Oxford tutorial, a Cambridge supervision, or in a top British boarding school? Or explore whether university study in your favourite subject is really for you?

Whatever your motivation, our exceptional, inspiring, world-leading teachers can help you achieve more this summer. Our amazing array of talented tutors includes Oxbridge academics, Ivy League lecturers, groundbreaking medical researchers, glittering industry leaders in film and fashion, acclaimed authors, and more!

We assemble our diverse faculty from all over the world, exclusively for you, so you only learn from the very best. Every tutor will guide you on your path to future greatness.

Join exciting trips and activities

At Oxford Royale Academy, we strive to offer a summer of fun and enjoyment alongside your academic immersion.

We can help you uncover Oxford’s secrets, from the best coffee shops to the dreamiest riverside parks, from Oxford’s very own castle to must-visit shops, galleries and museums. Alongside your new friends from around the world, you will enjoy a busy extra-curricular timetable, including a sophisticated graduation ceremony and dinner, guest talks from Oxford researchers and academics, excursions offering a glimpse of Britain’s past, and much more.

Useful Information

Arrival and Departure

Welcome to the Summer School Arrivals and Departures Hub. Here you can find all the information you need prior to departure including information about flights, transfer options and other important information regarding your arrival and departure.

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COVID-19 Response

As members of the British Safety Council, student safety is our top priority. Our coronavirus measures go beyond the latest UK government and Public Health England guidance, and as a minimum, guarantee a number of key features.

What to Bring

You will receive a Welcome Pack after you enrol. Your Welcome Pack will provide a full list of what to pack and which personal items and travel documents you will bring with you when you join the programme

Guest Speakers

We believe that the chance to talk frankly and openly with leading figures from the worlds of culture, media, sport and academia allows our students to develop both their confidence and their analytical skills. Each of our speakers presents on a topic that they are world experts on before fielding questions from our student audience.

Any questions?

Check out our FAQs

How do I book a place on the course I want?

Once you have decided which course you would like to attend, you can book online using our secure booking system. Once your application has been submitted, you will be sent an email confirming that it has been received.

If you prefer, you can download an Application Form by clicking here. You can return the Application Form to us by any of these methods:

Scan and email to [email protected]
Fax to +44 (0) 845 280 01 22
Post to Oxford Royale Academy, Yarnton Manor, Church Lane, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1PY, UNITED KINGDOM.

Once your booking has been processed by one of our members of staff, you will receive email confirmation of your place on the course of your choice. A Welcome Pack will be available to download from the ORA Portal from April. If at any time you would like to discuss your booking with a course advisor, please feel free to email [email protected] or call us on +44 (0) 1865 954 800.

How do I pay for my course?

All courses require a deposit payment to secure the booking. For Summer 2021, this is £995 GBP for all two-week courses for ages 13+, and £395 for one-week courses for 8-12 years. You may either pay the full course fee when you book your place, or pay the deposit amount and then the balance at a later date. The balance clearance is required at least 60 days before the start date of the course. Where the student is booking less than 60 days before the start date, the balance must be covered in full.

New online enrolments will require a Debit or Credit Card payment of at least the deposit amount. If you would like to enrol and make your deposit payment via Bank Transfer, please contact our Admissions team, who will be happy to assist you in doing so. ([email protected])

Payments for existing enrolments can be made via a number of methods, including domestic and international bank transfer, credit or debit card, as well as local payment options; please log in to your ORA Portal and click on the ‘Pay Now’ button on your booking details.

What do my course fees include?

All course fees include the following:

  • Classes and tuition (20 taught hours per week)
  • Study files/materials
  • Guest lectures by academic speakers
  • Personalised academic reports and graduation certificate
  • Accommodation in your chosen location (see our accommodation page for the specific colleges and locations)
  • Meals in the Hall
  • Free WiFi (subject to availability)
  • Daily updates for parents and family on the ORA campus blogs
  • A wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
  • Coach excursions
  • Welcome and graduation events (parents invited)
  • A multitude of extras, including an ORA notebook and branded clothing
Will I receive a graduation certificate?

Yes, students will be awarded an Oxford Royale Academy Graduation Certificate in their chosen course upon satisfactory completion of the course. This will be presented in a graduation ceremony on the final evening of the course.

Will I have to share a room/facilities?

Most of our accommodation sites offer a mix of single and twin bedrooms, with some campuses having en-suite bedrooms available and others have shared bathroom facilities between a small group of same-sex students. If you have a particular preference for a certain room type, you can make a request on booking, which may be granted subject to availability. If a particular room type is required for medical reasons, please contact our Admissions Team who will be able to check availability on different sites, depending on the course chosen.

Sharing your room with fellow students is a great way of getting to know people and making friends.

How secure are the campuses?

All our programmes take place in a secure environment. Our students are supervised 24 hours a day by campus staff. All students must check-in regularly during the day: at roll-call at breakfast; at their morning classes; in the afternoon for lessons, workshops or activities; at dinner and in the evening before curfew. All campuses have a curfew.

Each campus office has its own safe where students may deposit items of value such as passports, travel documents, bank cards etc.

All campuses have residential staff who can be contacted 24 hours a day.

Do I need a visa to travel to the UK?

If your country is part of the EU or the European Economic Area you will not require a visa to enter the UK. It is always safest to check whether you need a visa with the relevant authorities.

I want to change to another course or study option. Is this possible?

If you wish to change your course or study options (including dates), please do not hesitate to contact us. However, changes to courses are always subject to availability. For this reason, it may be more difficult for us to accommodate any changes requested less than 60 days before the course start date.

If I need to cancel my booking, will I get my money back?

Oxford Royale Academy’s terms and conditions for refunds are as follows:

Any cancellation must be received in writing and can only be on the following terms:

no refund of deposit will be made under any circumstances, once the two-week cooling-off period has concluded;
for cancellations before your course start date, the remainder of the course fees less the deposit amount will be proportionally refunded as per the table below:

Period Before Start Date Total refunded

  • 120+ days 100%
  • 90-119 days 50%
  • 45-89 days 10%
  • 0-44 days 0%
I want to attend one of your English language courses: how will you know what my level of English is and what sort of tuition I need?

All students registered to attend our English Language courses will be required to take an English Language Placement Test, which will assess the relative abilities of each student. Students are then placed into ability groups based on the results of their assessment, and the material that they study is tailored to the level of the class.

Once you have booked your place on a course we will send you information on how to take our online Placement Test. This test should take approximately one hour and should be taken by the student at least one month prior to their arrival date.

Please note that Oxford Royale Academy English courses do not cater for beginners in English.

Can I take more than one course?

It is certainly possible to take more than one course and combine a variety of study programmes. This can be done in two ways:

Enrol on two different programmes. For example, you may wish to have two weeks on the International Law and Politics course and then two more weeks on the Economics Programme.

Students staying for two consecutive sessions will be provided with accommodation for the Saturday night, and their campus will provide supervised activities between their first session ending and second session starting. Should you have any queries about how to take more than one course please do not hesitate to contact us.

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