Public speaking

Public speaking is considered as one of the most important life skills. The goal of our public speaking program is to help young speakers become comfortable at standing in front of others and expressing an idea clearly. This program is designed for kids in Grade 5-8. They will learn the principles of public speaking (prepared and impromptu), including effective delivery, being persuasive, and writing speeches. This program serves as a good foundation to debating and class presentations. A session of public speaking classes will enable the students to develop important skills that will help them in and outside of school, which include:

Organizing and structuring a talk
Effective body language
Presentation and delivery strategies
Speech writing and voice coaching
Engaging audience and keeping their attention
Effective use of humor
Adjusting one’s speech based on audience


Spring Term 2020 Schedule

ESL public speaking for Grade 7-11 ESL students 

5:00-6:30  on Fridays from  April 10 to June 16, 12  lessons in total 

Please fill this form to register DeRin's ESL public speaking program (8-10 kids)

Winter term 2020 Schedule


Intermediate class   (Students who completed beginner's class )  (Full)

5:00-6:30  on Sundays from Jan. 12 to May 3 ,  13  lessons in total, No classes on Family day weekend (Feb 16) and March Break weekends (March 15 and 22) and and Easter Sunday (April 12)


Beginner class  (Grade 5-8, no experience is required) (Full)

6:45-8:15  on Sundays from Jan. 12 to May 3,  13 lessons in total, No classes on Family day weekend (Feb 16) and March Break weekends (March 15 and 22) and Easter Sunday (April 12)

Please fill this form to register DeRin's Beginner public speaking program (8-10 kids)


Fall 2019 Schedule

Beginner's class  

First class ( Grade 5/6/7 students, no experience required)  (Full)
Second class ( Grade 5/6/7 students, no experience required)  (Full)

Our teachers: 


ESL public speaking teacher: Harry has been a public speaking coach for children and youth for the past 5 years. Growing up in Ottawa, he felt that there was not enough opportunity at school to practice communication and leadership skills. Seeking such opportunities led him to wonderful experiences such as becoming student president of his high school, winning a Canadian Parliamentary debate tournament, and delivering a TEDx talk. In particular, he developed a love for public speaking. From then on, he has helped many children and youth in his community to develop their own communication skills. Although he moved away from Ottawa to attend the University of Waterloo, he has found no shortage of motivated students in the Waterloo community as well!

M.Collins  grew up in the small town of Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador where she graduated first in her class. She moved to Ontario in 2016 to attend the University of Waterloo to pursue an Honors degree in Biomedical Engineering having won the 2016 Schulich Leader Scholarship valued at $80,000.00. Throughout high school, she competed in over 20 public speaking competitions at the regional, provincial and national level in both English and French. She competed at the National Canadian Parents for French competition on two occasions, and at the Skills Canada National Prepared Speed competition for three consecutive years. At Skills Canada, she is a two-time National Bronze Medalist (2014&2015) and won the National Gold Medal in 2016. She enjoys sharing the knowledge she has learned throughout her competition experience with her students!

A. Sridhar is an Electrical Engineering student at the University of Waterloo. He has been honing his public speaking skills from an early age, having been a spokesperson for numerous organizations he’s volunteered at - speaking about youth-related issues and organizational goals to audiences that have included singers, mayors, and Ministers of Parliament (MPs). In the past, he has represented Ontario at the national level in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets / Toastmasters International Effective Speaking Competition, after winning the local and provincial rounds. While a part of Toastmasters International for a brief period, he consistently won the local Impromptu Speech Competitions. More recently, he has won the Waterloo Engineering Consulting Competition on multiple occasions, going on to represent his university at the provincial level. In his spare time, he enjoys bouldering, flying, spending time with friends and family, and working on his startup.


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