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Modern Oratory

Sumitha Tharasingh


Modern Oratory

Prerequisites: Age - 9+ year-olds
Schedule: Classes start June 1st and end on August 24th every Monday at 10:00 AM. No classes on July 6th.

This course will teach students how to write and deliver a public speech effectively on a topic or an issue that is critical to society. The approach will be age-appropriate, and each class will have a goal. At the end of the course, students will deliver a four to six-minute speech without the use of notes on their topic.
The process taught to write the speech will include:
• Defining the problem
• Researching the issue
• Looking at both sides of the issue, determining the pros and cons of the problem.
• Concluding and
• Supporting that conclusion with documentation.
• Writing the Speech
Along with the process, they will learn the skills of speech delivery - pitch, volume, tone, pace, enunciation, body language, and more. They will get opportunities to practice the speech before delivering it. An assessment checklist will be provided to ensure the speech script is written well and practiced well for delivery. Students will submit a speech script for review and get evaluated for their speech delivery.
Every week students will be assigned videos to review and hands-on & online assignments to complete after the class to reinforce learning. Parents are encouraged to join the virtual sessions and support the kids in the process.
Skills developed can be used at school on project presentations; to compete in competitions as UIL (University Interscholastic League), for Modern Oratory, Debate, Extemporaneous Speech, and more.

PS NOTE: Students will have access to the course online for six months.