ESU Gozo holds summer course for students, volunteers also needed
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During the summer the Gozo Branch of the English Speaking Union of Malta, in association with the Gozo College, gave Gozitan secondary students the opportunity of taking an intensive course in Public Speaking.
The course was held with the active support and participation of members of the teaching staff, at the Gozo College Middle School over a two-week period. It consisted of four sessions from 9.00am.to 12 noon.
All the areas concerned with public speaking were covered during the course, based on the ESU concept of ‘Discover your Voice.’
The aim behind the ‘Discover Your Voice’ sessions is to enable learners to acquire the necessary ability to communicate more effectively in public, through skills that are translatable to different languages and different contexts, the ESU said.
All twenty-one students, ranging from 13 to 16 years of age, were assisted by ESU volunteers to become persuasive speakers by focusing on language, speech, diction and delivery.
Throughout these sessions, in which the students were actively engaged, they became empowered and gradually developed and honed these skills, built their confidence and perhaps even discovered their voice.
The English Speaking Union (Gozo Branch) said that it now proposes to establish an annual Public Speaking Competition to be held in the autumn, with cash prizes for the first three winners.
This Competition will be open to those in secondary education in Gozo. Further details will be given in due course and disseminated in all secondary schools in Gozo in time for the first Competition later this year.
The Gozo Branch also needs more volunteers in order to extend this work in the secondary schools. Those interested could e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The English-Speaking Union (ESU) has been operating in London since 1918 with the intention of bringing people together through the use of one language, English – the language that has spread into most countries around the world.
The ESU now has branches in over 50 countries worldwide including Malta and of course, Gozo!