Elementary Programs (Grade 3-4)
Beginner: The Beaver
This class is for elementary students completely new to public speaking. The goal of this class is to help students feel more confident when they present in front of audiences.
It will offer students an introduction to the basic concepts of public speaking, including forming logical opinions and speech structure. It will also cover the stylistic aspects of public speaking, such as body language, eye contact, and tone.
The class will focus on persuasive and impromptu speeches. This will help young students develop a solid foundation on argumentation and speech writing skills. Students will also learn how to extemporize (Think on one’s feet).
In addition, it will provides students with ample opportunities to practice, receive feedback, and develop good speaking habits.
Most importantly, through a variety of games and exercises, this class will invite students to explore and enjoy the world of public speaking and persuasive writing.
Intermediate: The Moose
This class will build on the foundation knowledge developed in the Beginner: The Beaver class and help students take their skills to the next level. In addition to the focus on persuasive and impromptu speeches, the class will introduce basic critical thinking concepts, such as claims, fallacies and evidence. It will also touch upon the basic tactics of persuasion (e.g. ethos, logos, pathos).
By introducing these new concepts to students through games and engaging activities, this class will help students continue to build confidence, improve the ability to structure argument, and hone their public speaking skills. At the end of the class, students will have the opportunity to engage in informal debate.