Public Speaking

Work on delivering engaging speeches and presentations with confidence.

Course Director: Justin Nolan

Deputy Head (Co-curricular), Eton College
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Course overview

Our Public Speaking course will improve your ability to speak in all kinds of contexts, from formal speeches in front of an audience to informal presentations in class. You’ll learn how to overcome nerves, engage your audience and deal with difficult questions. Along the way you will be supported by videos from Eton College teachers, experts in the field and fellow students.

Syllabus

1

A Good Speech

  • Different forms of public speaking
  • Establishing your own voice

2

Voice Quality and Nerves

  • Best use of your voice
  • Body language, overcoming nervousness and projecting confidence

3

Pacing and Signposting

  • Pacing
  • Pauses

4

Engaging Your Audience

  • Engaging your audience
  • Dealing with questions and interruptions

5

Structuring Your Speech

  • Structuring for clarity
  • Techniques for memorising a speech

6

Giving a Speech

  • Practising
  • Reflecting

Public Speaking – learning outcomes

 

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Overcome your nerves and anxiety
  • Deal with difficult questions and interruptions
  • Engage your audience
  • Moderate your volume, pitch and tone for maximum impact
  • Highlight key points with pausing, pacing and signposting
  • Deliver your talks without a script

Study options

Students can choose from two study modes to best suit their schedule and learning needs.

Self-Study

£49

Self-paced, independent learning which students complete at their own pace.

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  • 7-10 hours of learning materials
  • Diagnostic test to measure skill level
  • Progress dashboard
  • Certificate of completion
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Important information

Safeguarding

As part of our rigorous safeguarding procedures, all EtonX tutors and staff have passed an enhanced DBS check and Child Safeguarding course.

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Entry requirements

The minimum level of English required to participate in our courses is Upper Intermediate or B2 on the CEFR.

The course is truly rewarding - lots of skills learnt that help prepare for a decent speech on any occasions. I feel more confident now and I'm more determined to take on and look for new speaking opportunities! I like the live group class where we can interact with each other and share our ideas, putting what we've learnt into real practice with peers and the tutor to evaluate and encourage me.

- Janet, Public Speaking, Hong Kong
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