Public Speaking and Communication Grades 7-10, NIDA Kensington

Practical skill based learning in the performing arts led by industry experts with a focus on personal and creative development.

Learning framework

Each term we focus on a specific area of performance practice to ensure students have a varied experience and learn a range of essential creative skills.

Students are able to join us at the start of any term during the year.

NIDA Open Public Speaking and Presenting courses are designed across a four term structure within the following learning framework:

Term one Improvisation and Presentation Craft
Term two Voice and Movement
Term three Devising and Contemporary Practice
Term four Script Work and Staging

Term 1, 2019: Confessions Of A Confident Speaker

We are all born improvisers! Connect with your inner power and free your creative, expressive and witty self in this fast paced and energetic course. Use a variety of improvisation techniques to develop your ability to think on your feet. Say Yes! to the endless possibilities and master your spur-of-the-moment thinking as you cultivate personal confidence in public speaking and communication.

Course components

  • Improvisation: Learn improvisation techniques to enhance your performance.
  • Confidence: Develop your confidence when speaking in front of an audience.
  • Presenting: Understand and apply live presenting and interview technique.

Term 2, 2019: The Expressive Presenter

Have the voice of a great speaker and let your sound soar in presentation. Discover how the voice of an effective speaker sparkles with change and never sounds monotonous. Learn techniques to help shift your vocal pitch, volume, rhythm and speed and apply those techniques when practicing a speech. Be confident in your natural voice and capture the hearts and minds of your audience.

Course components

  • Voice: Learn power charged, vocal warm ups adaptable to a range of situations.
  • Vocal Expression: Investigate effective vocal technique.
  • Physical Awareness: Learn the essentials of physical preparation for tension-free alignment and effective breath work.

Term 3, 2019: Paint a Picture through Storytelling

Have fun as you colour your speech with story and instantly feel your audience connect! Learn how to add context to a presentation to inspire your listeners. Create an easy-to-listen to atmosphere by applying reliable devising and storytelling techniques. Hook your audience everytime as you discover ways to include stories from your own experience or use classic stories to bring context to a speech.

Course components

  • Communication: Learn strategies to deliver powerful speeches that will engage a variety of audiences.
  • Writing for Presentation: Discover how to effectively research content and use it to construct a speech.
  • Storytelling: Explore stories, ideas and adventures through group and individual exercises.

Term 4, 2019: With Passion and Purpose

Learn the skills of a persuassive speaker as you research, write and rehearse a speech for presentation. Gain the skills to speak about ordinary things in interesting ways. Practice the delivery of your content and maximise your presentation impact. With the help of a NIDA expert, choose from a variety of subjects you are passionate about. Rehearse your speech with enhanced support and utilise your performance skills to ensure you are ready with a purpose!

Course components

  • Communication: Learn strategies to deliver powerful speeches that will engage a variety of audiences.
  • Content: Create a message you are passionate about.
  • Rehearsal and Evaluation: Learn how to practice and gain feedback through a development and rehearsal process.

Important information

  • Please read our Cancellation and Transfer Policy.
  • Flights and Accommodation: From time to time we may need to cancel an advertised course. Before booking flights and accommodation for travel to attend a NIDA Open course, please contact the NIDA Open office to confirm if your course will proceed as planned. NIDA does not accept liability for any associated costs of attendance or cancellation.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in for all drama and performance related courses. Clothing that restricts movement is inappropriate.
  • Please wear closed-in shoes. Shoes may be removed in the rehearsal room on the direction of the class tutor.
  • Please bring along a pen, notebook and bottle of water to all classes.
  • If you are running late to collect your child, please call NIDA reception on 02 9697 7600. NIDA will only provide supervision during advertised course times.
  • NIDA staff will supervise students in courses for Grades 3 to 10 during breaks. These students will not be permitted to leave the advertised venue without parental permission.
  • Students in courses for Grades 11 and 12 will not be supervised during breaks and are free to leave the venue at designated break times should they wish.

Enrol for the full year in advance to receive a 15% discount off the full price!

  • Discount is only applicable when booking all four terms within the same calendar year.
  • Discount is not available online. Please book over the phone by calling the office on 1300 450 417 to receive the discount.
  • If students do not attend all four terms, the discount is no longer valid.

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Public Speaking and Communication Grades 7-10, NIDA Kensington

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