Public Speaking

Build confidence and improve speaking skills with our public speaking classes and camps! Classes and camps are hosted in Cupertino, Palo Alto, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Fremont, Milpitas, Dublin, San Mateo, Foster City, and Burlingame. Max of 12 students per class or camp.

Is there a class you’d like to take, but the timing doesn’t quite work out? Contact us at 408-777-8876 or info@communicationacademy.com to ask about adding a class to our schedule!

Junior Speakers (Ages 5-6, 7-8)

Junior Speakers

Meant for younger students to gain confidence and practice their speaking. Great for both shy and talkative students. Expect to do fun speaking activities such as role playing and do short presentations in front of the class. We’ll ease students into becoming strong speakers. Students must be able to read and write.

Improv

Improv is a fun and exciting form of Public Speaking which asks students to make up characters and dramatic scenarios on the spot. This humorous and engaging course sharpens wit and intellect. Students will learn and improve valuable Public Speaking skills such as:

  • Managing public speaking anxiety.
  • Quick-thinking.
  • Personal magnetism.
  • Self-esteem.
  • Eye contact and non-verbal communication.
  • Confidence in front of an audience.

Students will practice these valuable skills all while laughing and having fun. Taught at age-appropriate level.

Reader’s Theater

Reader’s Theater uses short plays and presentations to encourage students to work together and use their voices and body language to create characters and deliver lines. This fun and enjoyable course encourages expressiveness and cooperation. Students will learn and improve valuable Public Speaking skills such as:

  • Managing public speaking anxiety.
  • Personal magnetism.
  • Listening and cooperating in a group
  • Self-esteem.
  • Eye contact and non-verbal communication.
  • Confidence in front of an audience.

Students will practice these valuable skills all while laughing and having fun. Taught at age-appropriate level.

Storytelling

Once upon a time…your student gained the power to not only craft their own story, but present it too! Students build to the goal of creating and reciting their own story to their audience. Students are taught the basics of character building, plot development, storytelling methods and voice modulation to keep the audience on their edge of their seats! Students will learn and improve valuable Public Speaking skills such as:

  • Managing public speaking anxiety.
  • Presenting themselves with confidence.
  • Understanding an audience.
  • Self-esteem.
  • Eye contact and non-verbal communication.
  • Confidence in front of an audience.

Students will practice these valuable skills all while laughing and having fun. Taught at age-appropriate level.

Confident Series

Confidence is the key to becoming an effective class participant, public speaker, and better friend! Confident Self, Confident Voice, Confident Speech, and Confident Communication all help students focus on learning and improving different Public Speaking skills that will be useful in their daily life and help improve their own self-confidence. Students engage in activities that allow them to discover how to become better friends and students while gaining the confidence to succeed.

Confident Self focuses on these key elements of positive attitude and positive expression:

  • Connect to others by practicing good manners.
  • Recognize the difference between polite and impolite behavior.
  • Practice positive actions and a positive attitude.
  • Speak loudly and clearly.
  • Use appropriate nonverbal communication.
  • Become a good audience member.

Confident Speech focuses on these key elements of academic speaking and presentation:
  • Overcome nervousness when speaking in front of groups.
  • Speak loudly and clearly.
  • Use nonverbal communication.
  • Organize ideas.
  • Recognize the features of an introduction, body, and conclusion.
  • Utilize effective visual aids.

Confident Voice focuses on these key elements of vocal control and presentation:

  • Control and use the power of their voice.
  • Speak with clarity.
  • Maintain a good pace.
  • Connect with audience using eye contact and body language.
  • Conduct themselves in a calm and confident manner.
  • Organize thoughts.


Confident Communication focuses on these key elements of personal dialogue and expression

  • Think about and connect to their audience.
  • Engage their audience with effective and clear speech.
  • Use emotion in speech.
  • Utilize nonverbal communication, including gestures, body language, and eye contact.
  • Overcome speaking anxiety.
  • Become a better listener.

Public Speaking (Ages 9-10, 11-14, 14-17)

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Meant for older grade school students to gain confidence and practice their speaking. Great for learning how to deliver presentations effectively. Expect to do fun speaking activities and present regularly in front of the class. We have a higher expectation for this group which may require researching topics to speak about. All students will gain a greater understanding of speaking, improve their skills, and learn how to make their own decisions about how to best apply their own vocal patterns, such as:

  • Volume/speed
  • Eye contact
  • Posture
  • Poise
  • Facial expression
  • Vocal inflection

Pesuasive Speech

Introduce your student to the art of persuasion! Persuasive speaking introduces students to the concept of researching an issue in order to understand and articulate their arguments clearly and cohesively. In addition to learning how to apply foundational skills to persuasive speaking, students will learn how to:

  • Identify what motivates others.
  • Use logos, pathos, and ethos to persuade an audience.
  • Research debatable topics.
  • Develop a well-organized and cohesive argument.
  • Think and respond quickly.
  • Strengthen verbal and nonverbal delivery.

Impromptu Speech

Impromptu speaking classes give students the confidence to prepare and deliver a speech on the spot with very little preparation! Students are given a foundation of critical thinking skills and taught the general outline and structure of a speech. Weekly practice with feedback allows students’ skill, confidence, and determination to flourish. In addition to learning how to apply foundational skills in impromptu situations, students will learn how to:

  • Manage speaking anxiety.
  • Present themselves with confidence,
  • Quickly analyze their audience.
  • Organize their ideas quickly and clearly.
  • Deliver speeches effectively both with and without memorization.
  • Support their ideas with nonverbal communication.

Expository Speech

Expository speaking classes give students the organization skills to research their ideas and present them clearly. Expository focuses on clear points and language, as well as using emotions to effectively communicate their topic to an audience. In addition to learning how to apply foundational skills to informative speaking, students will learn how to:

  • Manage speaking anxiety.
  • Research topics thoroughly.
  • Develop informative content.
  • Organize their ideas clearly.
  • Use powerful visual aids.
  • Support their ideas with nonverbal communication.

Creative Interpretation

Creative Interpretation utilizes pre-written speeches to give students a level of freedom in how they want to present. Students focus on creating characters, voice modulation, and overall expression to present a dramatic or humorous piece to their audience. Students can choose from excerpts of dramatic or humorous books, movies, plays, TedTalks, and more. In addition to learning how to apply foundational skills to their interpretations, students will learn how to:

  • Analyze literature and characters.
  • Organize speech and performance.
  • Speak clearly and expressively.
  • Incorporate emotion into their speech.
  • Use nonverbal communication, including gestures, body language, and facial expression.
  • Use effective visual aids and props.