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Public Speaking Institute

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Education Unlimited is the national leader in providing noncompetitive public speaking summer programs for kids and teens. Education Unlimited was founded in 1993 by a group of speech and debate coaches who developed our innovative curriculum. Today, our curriculum directors and on-site faculty and staff include coaches at some of the nation’s premiere high schools and universities and former speech, debate, and mock trial competitors who reached national levels of success.

 

Public speaking can be incredibly fun, interactive, and collaborative when taught with the right approach. In our delivery focused major students will learn to speak with fluency and enthusiasm so that they will have the tools to speak in public effectively and with comfort. Public speaking is rarely taught as its own subject at most schools, and as a result what is really just writing an essay and reading it outloud is often passed off as 'public speaking.' Our ultimate goal is for students to speak in an organized fashion, with little or no notes, and in their own authentic voice. As such, our students learn the value of preparation and learning a subject so well that they can speak on it with ease. In our debate and argumentation focused major program participants learn the art of verbal combat, including how to construct an effective and complete argument, how to directly clash with an opponents argument, and even how to compare and contrast arguments and in so doing defend their argument as ultimately superior. Sharpening communication abilities helps young people succeed in a world that demands confidence, articulation and the ability to clearly communicate ideas. By building superior speaking skills, students will prepare to excel in school, learn to defend their beliefs and values, improve their chances of becoming leaders in their schools and communities, and as some former students have shared with us can even start along the path toward attaining their dream jobs.

 

How important is learning public speaking and argumentation, now and into the future? One former student of our programs from over a decade ago noted that “I now work in litigation and frequently use the public speaking and critical thinking skills and techniques I learned at camp.” A parent of a past camper said, "...the instructors are very good and enthusiastic. The atmosphere was fun, the group was good (a balanced mix of US and international kids) and everybody had a great time." Inc Magazine commented on the issue of learning public speaking, "Imagine working on one skill in 2017 that--once you improve it--will raise your value [to employers, according to Warren Buffet] by 50 percent. The one skill is public speaking. ...mastering the art of public speaking is the single greatest skill to boost your career.We have a unique, well thought out and effective approach, and we hope you will join us for these exciting communications programs this summer!

 

5 Reasons to Focus on Public Speaking This Summer!

  1. Public speaking is a necessary and indispensable life skill, and most people are called upon to speak in public at some point in their lives.
  2. Public speaking improves research and organization abilities- crucial skills for high school and college success.
  3. Employers rank public speaking as one of the top skills they look for in employees. Students can get a head start on their dream careers by developing skills that will translate in the workforce.
  4. Speech and debate activities involve “active construction of knowledge.” Students have the opportunity to synthesize, analyze, and utilize new information, rather than merely memorizing facts. According to Communication Education, debate can increase critical thinking skills by 44% in one year and high school reading skills by as much as 25% in one year.
  5. Speech helps develop social skills, such as confidence, eye contact, poise, and articulation.


Public Speaking Institute - 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:

Check back closer to the start of camp for details on our 2022 staff.

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 Camps

Public Speaking Institute - 4th-5th

Public Speaking Institute - 4th-5th

Public Speaking Institute - 6th-8th

Middle and Elementary School Public Speaking will cover two main areas of public speaking:

Debate

Learn the art of verbal combat! Students will 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 sc...

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, Tuft...