Does the mere thought of public speaking make you want to run a mile? Do you dread presentations? Public speaking is a learned skill. You will learn the techniques and do lots of practice during this course. Become a confident speaker, and have fun getting there. For fluent English speakers - more info below course dates.
This course offers a course fee subsidy through funding from the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) for NZ citizen and permanent migrant adults, their partners on work visas or visitor visas, and refugees. To qualify, registrants should be over the age of 16 years and not currently enrolled in a secondary school. We need to collect extra information such as age, ethnicity, educational achievement and gender for statistical purposes. You must also provide evidence of NZ citizenship, residency or refugee status if requested. A condition of accepting a course fee subsidy is that you commit to at least 80% attendance of your course. The subsidised course fee is $50.
This course covers preparation, content and delivery of many types of speaking. There will be many opportunities to practise speaking in a supportive environment, and you will receive constructive feedback to improve your speaking step-by-step. The course will be tailored to the needs of the learners so you can practise with real material and real situations. Please note that you will need to prepare and deliver short speeches at every class. This is essential so that you develop these skills. You will learn how to do this.
For anyone wanting to overcome the fear of public speaking and learn how to give a speech for any occasion. Please note that participants should have fluent English to attend this course. If you are uncertain about your ability, please contact the office for advice.
From 2022, a Level 2 course is available for those who wish to continue their public speaking education.
From August/September 2022 course:
"No, Thank you Liz! And thank you for the feedback You created such a safe space for us all to learn and the knowledge you shared was all very valuable and practical. I will definitely be using all the resources you have taken the time to prepare for future occasions. I think another take away I got from what you had taught us was that one of the most important things is the energy you bring and that words only make up a small percentage of communication. It was a such a nice introductory to public speaking, comfortable but still very challenging and out of my comfort zone (impromptu speeches are a killer). I really enjoyed all the stories and personal experiences that you were opened to share with us, which made it feel very relatable and relaxed.
P.S. also a big thank you to Max for being such a great assistant/tech/print guy! Looking forward to seeing you all again soon! Y."
From May/June 2022 course: