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Canberra Speaking School

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An empowering and social school holiday activity

Canberra Speaking School is offering a range of holiday workshops in debating and public speaking for school students in Years 3 9 in Deakin.

Run by former corporate lawyer Mark Slaven and serial debater Max Koslowski, Canberra Speaking School seeks to remedy the lack of good quality education in public speaking throughout the ACT. Using their combined skills honed through years of experience, Mark, Ben and Max aim to bring out the charismatic speaker that hides within every student, shy or outgoing, by using fun, engaging and welcoming programs targeted at improving the speaking skills of primary and senior school students.

Canberra Speaking School takes its key teaching doctrine of 'learning by doing' to heart, and seeks to ensure that every class is kept small, that every student is given multiple opportunities to speak in a fun, welcoming environment, and that every one of their experienced and passionate coaches is able to provide individualised feedback.


  • Beginners Speaking Camp (Years 3-4)

    An interactive, activity-based three-day course that aims to introduce the concepts of public speaking and debating to younger primary students with little or no experience presenting before groups.

  • Introduction to Debating (Years 5-6)

    A three-day introductory course for students with no experience in debating who want to see what it is all about.

  • Debating Club (Years 5-6)

    This two-day course for students with some debating experience allows them to consolidate their knowledge, hone their debating skills and gain exposure to interesting and pertinent topics.

  • Introduction to Public Speaking (Years 5-6)

    This introductory level course aims to give primary school students a head start on their public speaking and speech writing skills in a fun and welcoming atmosphere.

  • Foundations of Debating (Years 7-9)

    A three-day foundations course designed for students who are interested in learning how to debate at a high school level.

  • Practice Debates (Years 7-9)

    This two-day course is aimed at providing experienced debaters with the opportunity to both participate in a number of practice debates and develop some new skills along the way.

  • Foundations of Public Speaking (Years 7-9)

    This course teaches students the foundations of good public speaking and seeks to reinforce these foundations through practice in a welcoming environment.

    For more information on each course, please click here.

    Enrolment is now open and prices start from $200 for a 2 day course or $260 for three days; for more information on the Canberra Speaking School and their range of courses, please visit

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    When: January 22 - 25
    Where: Deakin
    Cost: $200 - $260
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