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Public Speaking for the Modern World and Workplace Ages 19-25

Oxford Summer School for Adults 2019


Hone your skills in speech-writing and public speaking this summer on this summer Public Speaking course, residential in colleges of the University of Oxford.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2019

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • 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 19-25 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 in the chambers of the Oxford Union, one of the world’s most prestigious debating societies.

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 the City of Oxford - your home this summer

ORA Experience

Oxford is a city like no other, combining startlingly beautiful architecture with a buzzing, modern city centre, with superb shopping, restaurants, cafés and more. With the colleges of Oxford University at its heart, some almost 800 years old, it is a city steeped in history and academia.

Students on Oxford Royale's Oxford summer courses will have the chance to live, dine and study in this stunning city, exploring all of its major sites and discovering its hidden secrets. Through both organised trips to key landmarks and free time in the evenings, students will become acquainted with all that Oxford has to offer.

As students walk the cobbled streets and gaze up at the spires, gargoyles and honey-coloured stone buildings, they will be walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, including prime ministers, presidents, Nobel prize-winning scientists, authors and more.

Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?

Useful information for students

Accommodation

Students will be accommodated in comfortable single rooms in either Merton or University College, depending on the course chosen - please contact our registrations team if you would like more information. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at the university, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like.Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, though in some cases en-suite facilities are available.

Programme Staff

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 very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge and are able to provide an insight into life at these prestigious institutions.

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 admin@oxford-royale.co.uk 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.

Our Teaching Faculty

At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here

Guest Lectures & Debates

At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates, involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors.

Coach Excursions

The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for our adult learners to explore this. All ORA courses include at least one coach excursion to places of historical and social significance in the UK. O

Extra-curricular Activities

At ORA, we never forget that our students are on vacation and seeking new experiences outside of the classroom as well as in lessons. Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our adult students have fun, network, and get the most out of their time with us.

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