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Public Speaking Institute - 9th-12th

Education Unlimited - Public Speaking Institute - 9th-12th

Designed to help students build confidence in their public speaking skills, our Public Speaking Institute trains students in public speaking, logic and rhetoric through an interactive and dynamic curriculum that encourages incremental progress through ongoing practice and exercise. Over the course of the program, students will participate in three main courses: Debate, Persuasive Speaking, and an elective.

Note: Overnight and day camp programs are offered at Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Tufts, and Georgetown. Day camp only programs are offered at  MIT. Day camp programs do not include evening electives. 

Debate 

Learn the art of verbal combat! Students will learn how to construct persuasive positions, defend against and attack each other’s arguments, and cross-examine effectively. Students will debate a variety of age- and experience-appropriate topics, form teams, and pit themselves against their co-campers. Past debate topics have included: school uniforms (elementary school), pre-emptive strike policy (middle school), and the legal drinking age (high school).

Persuasive Speaking

This useful activity teaches students to craft and deliver convincing speeches. Students start by performing a number of pre-written speeches in order to learn delivery, timing, and intonation. When students display comfort with delivery, they will begin to construct speeches based on their interests. Students learn to choose topics, establish captivating introductions, organize speech content, and deliver compelling conclusions! The focus is on speaking in a natural voice, with few or no notes, rather than writing an essay and merely reading it out loud, the form of "public speaking" taught by most teachers. All students end the week by presenting a speech in front of a large group of fellow campers.

Electives: In the evenings, students will get to choose from at least two of the following four elective speaking activities:

  • Model Congress: This event provides an introduction to diplomatic and legislative speaking. Students role-play as members of Congress. Persuasive speaking, negotiations, and compromise are all stressed in a forum that allows students to sample the most exciting part of the political process!

  • Negotiations: You can't always get what you want... or can you? The negotiations activity stresses public speaking as a business and personal tool. Students will role-play scenarios in which their abilities to compromise and persuade are developed.

  • Reader's Theater: In this fun and popular event, students write and perform a short play (or learn and perform a play for younger students). Students create their characters, devise plot twists, write dialogue, and deliver partial practice performances followed by the whole play.

  • Improvisational Speaking: This type of speaking requires students to think on their feet to deliver speeches with little or no preparation time. In the opening class, students are given ample time to prepare for short speeches, and over the course of the program, the time to prepare will shorten as the speeches lengthen. Fun and challenging topics are chosen, often with hilarious results!

Public Speaking Institute students experience university life during their week on a college campus. Students live together in the dormitories, experience campus dining, and relax on campus with a wide array of sports and arts activities. Additionally, the camp will take one mid-week excursion to a local attraction, such as an amusement park or sports venue. The most recurrent comment made by students after camp is, “ I never knew I would have so much fun!”

A few words from our Public Speaking Institute 9th-12th campers!

Unlike many summer camps, your staff clearly demonstrates they are subject matter experts, not just bodies filling an open position.” — Nandini R., parent

Carrie was somewhat hesitant to go to this camp, believing speaking publicly was simply something she wasn’t good at. She has now decided to join speech and debate and school.” — Gail S.R., parent

 

Looking for a more cultural experience for the summer? Check out Summer Focus Enrichment: Public Speaking for a unique combination of curriculum, Bay Area excursions, and college-life. 


Public Speaking Institute - 9th-12th - Staff Profiles

Education Unlimited believes in small-group, immersive learning with subject matter experts and experienced teachers. We strive to provide industry-leading instruction to all of our students and hold all staff to the highest possible standards. Staff assignments vary by program and location. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Education Unlimited - John Kephart, PhD (Camp Director & Instructor )

John Kephart, PhD — Camp Director & Instructor

Dr. John Kephart III is an associate professor at California State University, Northridge.  Dr. Kephart has a PhD in Rhetorical Theory and Criticism from the University of Southern California.  A member of the Education Unlimited team since 2008, Dr. Kephart has served as instructor, director and curriculum designer.  He helped to develop the...


Education Unlimited - Tiffany Chen (Instructor)

Tiffany Chen — Instructor

Tiffany Chen is a teacher and tutor currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge.  Skilled in the fundamentals of public speaking, Tiffany has developed coursework and lectured at the undergraduate level in the communications department of CSU Northridge since 2015.  Prior to...


Education Unlimited - Amanda DeDiego, PhD (Instructor )

Amanda DeDiego, PhD — Instructor

Dr. Amanda DeDiego is an Assistant Professor at the University of...


Education Unlimited - Jessica Kwack, MA (Instructor)

Jessica Kwack, MA — Instructor

Jessica Kwack is a teacher at California State University, Northridge, where she also received both her Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Communication Studies.  Since 2014, Jessica has taught...


Education Unlimited - Robert Lebeda, MA (Instructor)

Robert Lebeda, MA — Instructor

Bobby Lebeda is a teaching associate currently teaching public speaking at California State University Northridge.  He received his Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from CSU Northridge in 2017. In addition to teaching, Bobby is also a speech and debate coach for CSU and he has been coaching at the high school level for the past six...


Education Unlimited - Iris Malone (Instructor)

Iris Malone — Instructor

Iris is a Ph.D. student in the Political Science Department at Stanford University where she studies international security and political methodology. Prior to Stanford, she had a Fulbright Scholarship in...


We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.



Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Jun 14th 2020 - Jun 20th 2020 9th - 12th UC Berkeley $2,295.00 – $2,695.00
Jun 21st 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 9th - 12th Yale University $2,295.00 – $2,695.00
Jun 28th 2020 - Jul 4th 2020 9th - 12th Yale University $2,295.00 – $2,695.00
Jul 5th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 9th - 12th Stanford University $2,355.00 – $2,755.00
Jul 12th 2020 - Jul 18th 2020 9th - 12th UCLA $2,295.00 – $2,695.00
Jul 12th 2020 - Jul 18th 2020 9th - 12th Yale University $2,295.00 – $2,695.00
Jul 19th 2020 - Jul 25th 2020 9th - 12th Stanford University $2,355.00 – $2,755.00
Jul 26th 2020 - Aug 1st 2020 9th - 12th Georgetown University $2,295.00 – $2,695.00
Jul 26th 2020 - Aug 1st 2020 9th - 12th UC Berkeley $2,295.00 – $2,695.00
Aug 2nd 2020 - Aug 8th 2020 9th - 12th MIT $2,295.00 – $2,695.00
Aug 2nd 2020 - Aug 8th 2020 9th - 12th UCLA $2,295.00 – $2,695.00