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Public Speaking for the Modern World and Workplace Ages 19+

London Summer School for Adults 2020

Also available in Oxford | Cambridge

Hone your skills in speech-writing and public speaking this summer on this summer Public Speaking course, residential in Imperial College.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in Imperial College London
  • Public speaking tuition with experts
  • Talks with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - form a global network
  • Inspirational cultural programme

Course Summary

During this course, students will become adept at planning speeches and use them to deliver compelling arguments. Students will 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. Individuals will become skilled at researching, delivering and defending a speech in front of a range of audience types. Throughout the course, practical development sessions will 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.

What to expect from Public Speaking for the Modern World and Workplace

The course will start 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 will be examined, and students will analyse famous historical speeches and the methods that famous and contemporary speakers, such as Former President Barack Obama, employ. Students will 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 (developed by Stephen Toulmin) and Aristotle’s philosophical approach to speaking, students will 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.

How will the Public Speaking for the Modern World and Workplace course help me?

Students will receive a full day of classical voice coaching which will emphasise the importance of language, tone, style, body language and more. Students will be 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 will 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 will be the pros and cons of using visual aids such as PowerPoints. The course concludes with a competitive debate.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have:

  • Explored what makes a speech (and a speaker) riveting to their audience
  • Learned how to handle their public speaking nerves
  • Received a full day of classical voice coaching which will emphasise the importance of language, tone, style and body language
  • Discussed different types of speeches and when they should be used
  • Discovered the importance of planning speeches
  • Given several speeches to their peers, and participated in a debate, to refine their skills
  • A better understanding of how to construct both a persuasive speech and an informative one
  • Learned how to think on their feet
Day Week 1 (Scroll right for week 2) Week 2
Monday Lesson 1: Introduction to Public Speaking
Lesson 2: The world’s best speakers & famous speeches
Lesson 11: From written to spoken language
Lesson 12: Listening and feedback
Tuesday Lesson 3: Managing anxiety about public speaking
Lesson 4: Different types of public speaking and the core speech
Lesson 5: Narrative
Lesson 6: Types of speech
Field trip or educational event
Wednesday Lesson 7: Writing a speech
Lesson 8: Metaphor
Lesson 13: Analysing the audience Lesson 14: Questions and Answers; preparation and responses
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 10: Giving a speech
Group tutorial
Lesson 19: Preparing for debate
Lesson 20: Debating
Lesson 21: Tutorial

Take this course if...

Take this course if you would like to be able to deliver high quality, impactful presentations and would like to better understand how to captivate an audience like the great orators of history.

Welcome to London - your home this summer

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The most bustling of all our centres, London is a cosmopolitan hotspot where students can really experience the melting pot of the United Kingdom. Our London summer school takes place in Imperial College London, situated in the desirable Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Students will stay in accommodation at Prince’s Gardens, located just a stone’s throw from such iconic London landmarks as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the Royal Albert Hall.

Students will live and study in Imperial College London, experiencing student life in one of the world’s most respected and prestigious academic institutions. As well as ranking consistently in the top ten universities worldwide, Imperial has already produced an impressive number of Nobel Laureates – no mean feat considering the university was officially founded as recently as 1907.

Students in London will experience life in the buzzing heart of the UK's capital, while fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our London Summer School has to offer.

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Useful information for students & parents


Students at Imperial College London will be accommodated in comfortable en-suite single rooms. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at Imperial College London, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like.

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Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss university applications. Each campus has members of residential staff who live in the college throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on [email protected] and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.

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