Welcome to Speakers' Corner
DEBATING AND PUBLIC SPEAKING COACHING
Speakers' Corner is an innovative debating and public speaking academy that is run exclusively by Australia's leading debaters and coaches
BY THE NUMBERS
CLASSES PER WEEK
HOURS OF COACHING EXPERIENCE
We offer classes over zoom and at our state of the art CBD campus to maximise flexibility
We work with schools to uplift existing debating programs, or introducing a new program at the school. We have a proven track record of working with NSW Public Schools to deliver high quality coaching
Feedback and Communication
We provide students and parents with feedback at regular intervals, and develop a term-by-term coaching strategy focussed on each students strengths and weaknesses
My three children come home from every debating session really excited about their debates. I love the confidence they are building to construct an argument and express themselves. The coaches are developing such important life skills in the kids in a way that is so fun and they absolutely love the friendly competition aspect of it.
Our Year 7/stage 4 son has just started debating lessons this term at Lindfield Learning Village with Speakers' Corner Australia and we are very pleased with how engaged and enthused he is. He has already learned valuable skills and insights from his knowledgeable coach.
Pranay and Liam communicate very clearly, promptly and efficiently. They have also been very attentive to the grouping of students, ensuring friends can work together alongside new classmates in a safe and fun environment to develop their skills and grow in confidence. This has made a huge difference to our son and as parents, we deeply value this dual aspect of developing both the mind and the whole student. We are very grateful for the opportunity to take up debating that our son, a complete beginner in Year 7 has been provided with at LLV and we look forward to seeing where his debating skills take him
The debating lessons after school have been an amazing resource to help me with my debating prowess. The teachers are amazing, and they give personalised feedback to make sure everyone knows how to improve on their current performance. We have fun debates and challenges to further boost our knowledge and confidence within debates. The atmosphere is fun and is perfect for everyone, no matter their skill level.
Joshua (Year 7 Student)
My son loves debating! He says his coach Tom is amazing. He is always excited to go and likes that he can talk and express freely.
It surprised us how much our daughter likes debating as she previously lacked confidence presenting her ideas in front of others. It’s been fabulous seeing her engage with the playful techniques used by Speakers Corner coaches and the supportive environment has enabled her to thrive.
Of the many extra-curricular activities in which children can engage, speaking and debating are certainly among the most beneficial. Improving our critical thinking, boosting our profile in professional settings, and augmenting our confidence and articulation in communication, Speakers’ Corner was founded by people who have experienced those benefits first-hand, achieving success in fields as diverse as law, academia, and journalism.
That is because debating and speaking equip students with countless versatile life skills. Aside from the obvious—improved verbal skills—debating and speaking also refine intelligence. Students are not only taught about world events and complex ideas ahead of peers, but they also learn strategies for expressing opinions clearly, cogently, and persuasively. Moreover, they both involve collaboration, teaching students how to problem-solve and think creatively in team contexts.
Debating and speaking develops these academic skills holistically, in a fun but challenging environment where interaction is necessary and interpersonal skills develop. Students meet other passionate and intelligent students, and invariably develop more confidence when dealing with other children and adults (we apologise in advance for the dinner table arguments!)
And, beyond all that, debating and speaking set students up well for future life. Debating and speaking experience is looked on favourably by employers, scholarship awarders, and University admissions. Perhaps more importantly, debating and speaking skills are lifelong, fostering better performance in job interviews, essays, and oral assessments.
Speakers’ Corner promises to develop all these skills and more in a challenging, safe, and fun environment.
AN ACADEMY RUN BY COACHES
Speakers' Corners doesn't just train or hire debaters: it is run by debaters too. Many coaching academies employ coaches who teach classes with little to no oversight from management. Speakers' Corner is different. Everyone involved with Speakers' Corner—whether management, administration, or coaches—have a deep knowledge of debating and program coordination at Sydney's most successful schools and prestigious institutions. We apply that expertise to every detail of our academy, whether its the way in which our classes are structured, or the training our coaches receive. Because our founders are also coaches, we have an intimate knowledge of the conditions required to get the most out of our coaches. We make sure that, along with our students, our employees are treated well so that everyone who is part of the Speakers' Corner family feels at home.
HOLISTIC TEACHING METHODS
Our teaching methods aren't just developed on an ad hoc basis — they're the product of careful planning that draws on a wealth of experience educating children from various backgrounds. We have workshopped lesson plans and coaching activities that strike a balance between providing our students with information and tailored feedback, and keeping them engaged and energised. Our classes are short and focussed with adequate time for breaks. That means that, for the duration of our coaching sessions, we get the most out of our students. But the experience doesn't end there. Our website has a specific portal where our students can reflect on their classes and ask us questions during the week. We also provide our students with unique resources and access to explanatory videos. Our goal is to maximise every students potential in an environment that nurtures their passion and interest for debating and public speaking.
PREMIER LEARNING CONDITIONS
We've coached at private academies before, where classrooms are cramped, and the buildings are in a state of disrepair. That environment is not conducive to student learning or for effective coaching. At Speakers' Corner, we want our students to be situated in an environment that is comfortable and equipped for their needs. We have put thought into procuring an educational purpose built campus, conveniently located in the heart of the CBD. Our campus has been accredited for educational training and is well-resourced to maximise your child's potential. As pictured, our classrooms have multi-media facilities that allow us to show our students videos of key debates, or segments of the news. Of course we recognise the need to provide a flexible learning environment. If reaching our campus poses difficulties, we offer flexible solutions via Zoom — feel free to get in touch to discuss these options further!
COACHES WHO ARE NOT ONLY DEBATERS BUT EDUCATORS
Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you can teach it! At Speakers' Corner, our coaches are all distinguished in the field of high school and university debating. But they're more than that. They're experienced educators, who have a proven record of excellence in coaching. Our coaches have led teams to CHS, GPS, ISDA and Archdale premierships. The students we have coached have been selected in State and National representative teams, and gone on to find success in whatever fields they choose. That isn't just a lucky coincidence. Each of our coaches reflects on their coaching sessions, and the needs of their students to make sure the teaching process at our academy is constantly improving. Our coaches discuss educational approaches with each other and workshop coaching ideas, to deliver our students a learning experience that is developed by a team of Sydney's most experienced coaches.