Introductory workshop for Monash International Students

Free Debate and the Monash Association of Debaters worked with the Monash University International Students Service to present an introductory public speaking and presentation skills workshop. The course was targeted at international students for whom English is a second language, and was held over three Monday lunchtimes. Over 20 students participated. In the first two sessions, we worked on speaking skills and structure and participants presented 2-3 minute speeches on issues of significance in their home country. In the third session, we focused on answering questions in a tutorial setting Ð an area where many participants told us they have difficulty. We provided practical advice on how to manage unclear or complicated questions, and followed this up with a mock tutorial to put these tips into action. The programme was a great success and we have been asked to present another series in the second half of the year.