Becoming an eloquent speaker in English - The Future Orator

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Becoming an eloquent speaker in English - The Future Orator

  • OISE England
  • Thursday, June 2, 2022

Communication is a fundamental part of our everyday lives which allows us to form connections, express thoughts and ideas and influence decisions.

Student with microphone

Without strong communication skills, the ability to progress in the working world and in life would be almost impossible. Not surprisingly, public speaking has become extremely important in the world of today.

The reason is because each of us encounter situations where being eloquent and skilled in public speaking are necessary so very often, for example at school when presenting a project in front of teachers and classmates, in the workplace when expressing ideas or viewpoints to co-workers and superiors, and in our personal life. Whether they are looking for tips on conquering stage fright, wanting to improve their body language or learning the best strategies to motivate and persuade others, students can benefit from the in-depth knowledge and oracy skills achieved with the Future Orator course at OISE Bournemouth.

The course, aimed at teenagers of 15-17 years with a B2 level of English, not only shines a light on the importance of public speaking, but also allows students to develop the eloquence in English to overcome those language obstacles which sometimes stop them from standing out and feeling confident when engaging with an audience. Because the course puts talk at the centre of the curriculum, students are able to not only learn the oracy skills necessary to speak more eloquently, articulate ideas and thoughts and influence others, but they also practise and experiment with the physical aspects of communication, such as body language and voice projection, using scenarios from real life (such as settling a dispute). This allows for confidence building when communicating with others and clarify ideas, thanks to the constant proximity between tutor and student which sets the pace for each learner to surpass their academic expectations. Tutors are encouraging and challenge students to achieve to the maximum of their potential. The mix of nationalities in the small classroom sizes and the wide range of materials covered creates an international outlook amongst students, broadening their horizons and exposing them to new ideas, cultures and ways of thinking.

Public speaking is perceived not only as an important skill to communicate with an audience effectively, to engage with them and persuade those around us, but also as a transferable skill which can bring benefits in different fundamental settings: in further education, for example at university, who often times argue that students are ill- equipped with oral skills; for first career steps, as it helps students to prepare for job interviews or giving a formal talk; and for future work, because it builds confidence and helps students to feel at ease with public speaking.

Students are also exposed to a range of authentic sources and current topics, which in turn develops their critical thinking skills as they analyse and debate these contemporary issues. The course also helps students to learn how a debate is structured, how to think using different perspectives from their original points of view, which encourages them to speak strategically and to create a persuasive argument, and allows them to find their influential voice in their future learning, careers and life in general. They also learn what makes a good orator and how to become highly equipped in the skill of oration.

By the end of the course, students find and develop their influential voice to further their future academic and professional careers, become more adventurous with public speaking outside of their usual environments and comfort zones, gain the narrative devices used by good speakers, learn how to speak strategically and create a persuasive argument and, most importantly, become confident eloquent speakers able to captivate their audience in any setting they find themselves in.