English Rhetoric

Course capacity:

10 students vacancy
Sign to course for 4 680 CZK with VAT

These days presenting in English language is more and more asked for. Some companies have got English as their ‘lingua franca’ and therefore presentations are also in English. Perhaps you belong to the new ‘breed’ of people that are confronted with this challenge and you are wondering how to get ready for your English presentation.

Can you indentify with any of the following statements?

‘I don’t know how to begin my speeches and how to structure my presentation.’
‘I feel too much tension before my speeches and I want to find new ways to optimize it.’
‘I want to look more professional and speak engagingly.’
‘I always talk too much and my boss tells me to cut to the point.’
‘I want to finish my presentation effectively and with style.’

If you can relate to some of the statements, then the course of English Rhetoric is for you. It will help you to enhance your public speaking skills. You will be provided the ‘hands on’ experience before you step into the ‘real world’. We designed a course according to your needs, which will help you to step into the flow of your inner potential and handle any kind of second thoughts and insecurities through extensive practice. You will obtain a valuable set of skills and exercises that will help you to find your inner eloquent rhetorician.

Level of English needed:

Upper-Intermediate (B2) and more experienced

What we will learn

How to define goal of the presentation and structure it accordingly

How to set up your inner GPS/cognitive map in alignment with your rhetoric goal

How to apply effective principles of NLP and Positive Psychology into your speeches

How to establish rapport with your audience

How to optimize the bodily tension before and during your presentations

How to use diaphragmatic breathing in order to maximize the potential of your voice

How to articulate clearly and add colour to your voice

How to move and position yourself during your presentations

How to use illustrative gestures to emphasize the meaning of my messages

How to use English idioms and sayings

How to finish your presentation effectively

Course of lessons

In at the beginning of the session participants are encouraged to “check-in” and reflect on the previous session and any challenges with completing their homework. In the second step, students usually warm up by taking part in several interactive exercises aimed at articulation and breathing.

In the core of the sessions, students usually look at a specific rhetorical skill (opening a speech, establishing rapport, illustrative gestures, closing a speech etc.) and then take part in various exercises, which help them in mastering the new skill. Lastly, students are usually asked to make their speeches and hence they have the invaluable opportunity to “try it out for real”. The speeches are usually followed by constructive feedback from the tutor and their peers. Notably, video feedback will be provided twice in the course. Interestingly, the last session of the course is public and participants are encouraged to deliver their final presentation in front of an unfamiliar audience. Upon completion of the course, participants will also receive a certificate as a proof of their hard work and effort.  

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Course starts: 7. 2. 2019
Course ends: 28. 3. 2019
Day of the lessons: Čtvrtek
Time of the lessons: 19.00 - 21.00
Number of lectures / hours: 8/16
Course capacity: 5 - 10 students vacancy
Place: Klimentská 50, Praha 1
Price: 4 680 CZK with VAT

Course lecturer

Karel Wichterle, M.A.

In his classes Karel puts a lot of emphasis on the structure of the presentation, defining a specific goal of the speech, establishing rapport with the audience, building the capacity for an effective self-reflection, using appropriate colours and pitch of your voice, mastering illustrative gestures, and using common English sayings and idioms. His course is also enriched by many interactive exercises, which are especially focused on diaphragmatic breathing, articulation, and relaxation.

In his sessions Karel draws on his educational background. He studied psychology (Empire State University/UNYP) and completed Master’s degree in Drama-therapy at Roehampton University in London. Mr Wichterle employs a student-centred approach and believes that each student has an individual authentic path towards betterment. Nevertheless, Karel is very persistent in building team-spirited and cooperative atmosphere among his students.

Karel has been teaching at our school since 2010.

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“The English Rhetoric Course was an terrific experience for me. Besides practicing English, as one would expect, the course helped me to find out more about myself and improve my rhetoric and public performance. Karel Wichterle created a wonderful atmosphere and turned each session into a creative platform where all participants performed to their best. His teaching methods showed me completely new perspective on communication which helped me develop my skills in both my professional and personal life.”

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