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Public Speaking

LAMDA                            

The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, founded in 1861, began offering examinations in the 1880s. It is one of the UK’s oldest drama schools; in addition to being the UK’s leading statutory speech and drama awarding organization, ‘LAMDA Examinations’ is active across the globe.

LAMDA examinations in Speaking in Public have been designed to help individuals to develop:

  • an ability to speak with confidence
  • experience in delivering a talk or speech
  • an understanding of the art of conversation and of persuasive communication
  • greater confidence and self-esteem.

The examinations are helpful preparation for effective communication throughout the world of work; there are very few careers that will not involve the individual in presenting information, ideas or perspectives in a variety of contexts to known and unknown audiences. (Level 3 examinations-Bronze to Gold medal-attract UCAS points).

As an Enrichment Option at Shottery, weekly classes are offered to students who would like to prepare for LAMDA examinations in Speaking in Public; in the autumn term, students work towards Grade 6 (Bronze Medal) and develop their presenting skills during the spring term, with the aim of taking the Grade 8 (Gold Medal) examination at Easter. Though there will be no compulsion to take the examinations-assessed by LAMDA examiners-completion of the course will be compulsory for all students.

The spoken word has power. The right words at the right time can move minds. You might need to convince the committee, persuade the protesters, or, simply, get the job. The better you are at communicating, the better your ideas will seem and the more success you will have in motivating people. Although many of us have strong skills in conversation, speaking in public requires special techniques that we do not usually employ. Such techniques are invaluable in formal situations, when we need to enhance our speech to reach an audience.

Public speaking holds a special terror for many people. It is natural to be fearful of things you do not know how to do, or to be intimidated by unfamiliar contexts. With effective preparation and practice, you can lessen the fear, think clearly and learn to develop a powerful and appropriate performance; by mastering simple techniques, you can add impact to your presentation, discover how to connect with your audience and become a confident speaker. Improving your capacity to communicate through the spoken word will build your self-esteem so that you will be ready to grasp opportunities that will help you to succeed.

"I thoroughly enjoyed both the Grade 6 and 8 LAMDA courses, particularly the smaller class size during Gold. It overlapped with some previous knowledge of English, Drama and some Biology; however I did pick up a lot of tips and detailed knowledge about styles of speech and how to successfully deliver them. I undoubtedly have more confidence about not only writing a good speech but speaking in public. Being given the freedom to write a speech about something you feel passionately about lead me to discovering more about the lack of women in politics, and this supported my Politics AS course but also gave me an interesting insight into a topic I actually wanted to learn about. Having had to give up Drama lessons, LAMDA offered another side to performance that will hopefully prove to be useful in my adult life. I genuinely looked forward to our weekly sessions and by the end of Grade 8 I did my exam with practically no nerves. Overall it was an excellent experience and one which I am very grateful to have had."  (Hannah)