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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.
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.
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.
By the end of the course, students will have:
|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
|Lesson 19: Preparing for debate
Lesson 20: Debating
Lesson 21: Tutorial
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.
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.
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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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.
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Oxford Royale Academy is a part of Oxford Programs Limited, a company registered in England as company number 6045196. Registered office: 14 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4EF. The company contracts with institutions including Oxford University for the use of their facilities and also contracts with tutors from those institutions but does not operate under the aegis of Oxford University.