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, 2020: You’re on!

Master the art of off-the cuff communication and never be stuck for words again. Work on exciting and challenging improvisation exercises to develop your creative response technique. Build the confidence to respond ‘in the moment’ in any interview or public speaking situation.

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, 2020: What’s in the Word?

Investigate the meaning and ideas behind the written word then learn how to bring these words to life to inspire a live audience. Discover how to present both well-loved literature and original self-penned speeches in front of an audience with passion and clarity.

Course components

  • Communication: Learn strategies to deliver powerful speeches that will engage a variety of audiences.
  • Vocal Expression: Investigate effective vocal technique.
  • Text Analysis: Interpret and bring to life an existing and an original text for live presentation.

Term 3, 2020: Life and Style

Turn your unique view of the world into a short lifestyle presentation for Television. Create a simple script for a targeted audience, then present and record your lifestyle segment to camera with confidence. Cultivate the skills for both live and pre-recorded material and broadcast your ideas to the world.

Course components

  • Writing for Presentation: Discover how to effectively research content and use it to construct a short presentation script.
  • Presenting: Understand and apply TV presenting and interview techniques.
  • Physical Awareness: Learn effective physical preparation with postural alignment, body language and breath work.

Term 4, 2020: Pitch Tank

Don’t predict the future- invent it! Pitch your most innovative ideas to a selected panel of kooky entrepreneurs. Learn practical approaches in presenting and influential tactics to make your dreams a reality. This course includes a session on incorporating technology into a presentation.

Course components

  • Content: Create support material relevant to your presentation.
  • Technology: Practice presentation skills using a variety of technology and creative approaches
  • Rehearsal and Evaluation: Learn how to rehearse 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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