new speaking skills and techniques.
in a welcoming and comfortable environment.
your ability as a public speaker and debater.
Our Year 5 – 6 Courses
For those nearing the end of primary school that wish to learn new skills, or just practice and develop established abilities.
Introduction to Public Speakingin Canberra
- An introduction to public speaking over the course of two days that allows students to find their feet.
- 2-day course
- Between 9:00am to 3:00pm
- No experience required
Introduction to Debatingin Canberra
- Learn the basics of debating in a nurturing environment perfect for late primary school students.
- 3-day course
- Between 9:00am to 3:00pm
- No experience required
What are people saying about our Year 5 – 6 programs in Sydney?
From start to finish, this course has continually challenged and helped to develop my son’s speaking skills. With his entry into high school approaching rapidly, I often worry if my son will be able to appropriately express his views and be confident enough to speak up in a bigger and scarier environment that is unlike primary school. However, through this program, I now feel more assured than ever that my son will be able to speak confidently, formulate clear ideas and communicate well within his classroom and outside of school too. The directors were helpful and always willing to answer my nagging questions, and my son has also made lasting friendships. He has improved and achieved his personal bests in the difficult area of public speaking and I couldn’t possibly recommend this course more.
of the Year 5-6 Sydney students surveyed enjoyed themselves and had fun during the January 2017 courses
of the Year 5-6 Sydney students thought that their confidence had improved after the Spring 2016 courses
of the Year 5-6 Sydney students felt that their body language had improved over the Winter 2016 courses
of the Year 5-6 Sydney students surveyed felt their manner and arguments had improved during the January 2017 courses
of the Year 5-6 Sydney students increased their general knowledge over the Winter 2016 courses
of the Year 5-6 Sydney students wanted to come back for more programs after the Spring 2016 courses
Frequently Asked Questions
When do you operate?
We run programs during every school holidays, and will change which week of the break from holiday to holiday depending on venue and staff availability.
Between what times do your holiday programs run?
All of our holiday programs are either 2 or 3 days long, and run between 9:00am and 3:00pm. We are normally at the sign in desk by 8:30am, but ask that you pick your children up promptly at the end of the day.
Who are your coaches?
We only hire experienced coaches who have a deep understanding of public speaking and/or debating. Every coach has been handpicked for their knowledge of public speaking and/or debating, and carefully allocated to the programs that best suit their skills. Noting that our student's safety is our highest priority, we ensure that every coach has a Working With Vulnerable Persons Check done with the ACT Government.
You can find out more about our coaches on our Coaches webpage.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Our teaching philosophy has three tiers.
Firstly, the safety of the students is paramount. We do not allow our coaches to conduct any activities unless the students are safe.
Secondly, the students need to have fun. We have no illusions that these are our students' school holidays, and that the only way they'll listen and pick up skills is by enjoying themselves. We use a range of techniques to ensure that the students maintain their attention by mixing up theory with practice, and by using games that teach public speaking without the students even realising that they're actually being taught something new.
Thirdly, the students should learn. Importantly, we believe in learning by doing - that students will only walk away with a new set of skills if they have had the opportunity to practice them. This is why we keep class sizes small - to ensure that every student has an opportunity to speak, and that every student gets ample personalised feedback so they can improve.
Why Canberra Speaking School?
Aside from our teaching philosophy being almost unique in a world of increasingly mass produced education, Canberra Speaking School (and the other Australian Speaking Schools) are organisations that have grown out of the idea that every student is able to speak in public with a little practice.
The founders of the Australian Speaking Schools mentality, Mark Slaven and Daniel Dummer, were both rather average public speakers during their school years. Both joined the debating circuit at university, and were roundly defeated in their early tournaments. It was only through perseverance and hard work that they both grew as public speakers, eventually running national tournaments, winning various other competitions around Australia and successfully representing their university and competing in championships around the globe.
The Australian Speaking Schools are what they wish they could have attended when they were at school.