Opus Communication Arts (Courses)


Students will discover their own voice through a creative mix of prose, poetry, drama, storytelling and plays. This is an excellent program for those wanting to expand their classical education while gaining confidence in public speaking. Students interpret a variety of literary forms from western classical and modern literature. Courses will build on the learner’s expressive potential and teach the vocabulary and language skills necessary for appreciating and discussing various literary art forms. The course includes drama games, improvisation and other activities to free children’s imagination and to help them create character through expressive movement and voice. Students learn relaxation techniques, proper breathing, projection and articulation for improved oral communication.

Our well designed curricula include:

• vocal and speech training
• storytelling
• public speaking
• discussion
• mime / creative movement
• improvisation and impromptu speaking
• choral speaking
• play reading and dramatization
• acting styles
• oral interpretation (poetry and prose)
• scene study
• Shakespeare

Certificate and Diploma Granting

For a curriculum based program, students can choose from the following certifying bodies:

I. Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada)
• Associate Diploma – Speech Arts and Drama (A.R.C.T.)

www.rcmexaminations.org

II. Trinity College of London / Trinity Guildhall (England)
• Associate Diploma (A.T.C.L.)
• Licentiate Diploma (L.T.C.L.)
• Fellowship Diploma (F.T.C.L.)

Diplomas in Performing (Speech and Drama; Musical Theatre; Performance Arts)
Diplomas in Teaching and Education Studies
Diplomas in Directing

The syllabi strands for speech and drama in Trinity Guildhall are:
A. Acting & Speaking

  1. Speech & Drama
  2. Performing Text
  3. Individual Acting Skills
  4. Shakespeare

B. Musical Theater
C. Performance Arts

www.trinitycollege.co.uk

III. London College of Music (England)
• Diploma of the London College of Music (DipLCM)
• Associate of the London College of Music (ALCM)
• Licentiate of the London College of Music (LLCM)
• Fellowship of the London College of Music (FLCM)

The syllabi strands for London College of Music are:
A. Early Learning
B. Speech & Drama
C Verse Speaking
D. Acting
E. Reading Aloud
F. Duologue
G. Choral Speaking
H. Group Performance
I. Music Theater

These examinations provide an international standard for students and lead to both performing and teaching certificates.

Students learn progressively and take a series of graded examinations. Some courses are offered as credit for certain high school marks.

Performance opportunities include participation in recitals, workshops, festivals and competition.

www.uwl.ac.uk/academic-schools/music/lcm-exams/subjects

Group Instruction

Group classes are an excellent way for students to develop their confidence and expressiveness in a supportive environment. Courses will build on the learner’s expressive potential and teach the language skills necessary for appreciating, interpreting and discussing various literary art forms.

Private Instruction

One-on-one lessons are for students eager to develop expressive speech in a more structured, goal-setting environment. Students interpret a variety of literary forms from western classical and modern literature. Lessons include learning relaxation techniques, proper breathing, projection and articulation for improved oral communication.

The Public Speaking Training Center

Public speaking is North America’s greatest fear.

Nervous in front of a crowd?
Having trouble with class presentations?
Wanting to be a better speaker?

The answer is Opus Academy’s

PUBLIC SPEAKING PROGRAM

LEARN TO SPEAK.  SPEAK TO LEARN.
Speak with confidence, clarity and conviction!
Unleash and develop your full potential!
Communication skills can be taught and learned.

The Public Speaking and Debate Program at Opus Academy is a comprehensive multi-level program specifically developed to provide the highest quality of public speaking and debate training for children and teens. We train students of all ages and levels to speak with clarity, conviction and spontaneity by teaching them all the keys to being an effective and engaging public speaker.

This program instills a lifelong love of public speaking. Students learn every aspect of public speaking from voice articulation and breath control to the art of speechwriting and delivering well-crafted speeches. Our curricula are designed to teach speech dynamics and different styles of speaking from formal to impromptu. Not only do students improve their research, critical thinking and interpretive reading skills, but they also learn to speak persuasively on selected topics. A variety of activities allow students to be creative while developing a polished speaking style.

Students learn to apply their acquired skills through classroom presentations, discussions, formal speeches, school drama, social interaction and essay writing.

Our Beliefs

• At Opus, we take the fear out of public speaking.
• Students achieve their goals in a supportive and enjoyable learning environment.
• Students learn through speaking, with many opportunities for active participation, practice and performance.
• Small classes enable personalized learning.

Public Speaking & Debate Programs

Our programs are designed to offer instruction to K-12 students, divided into skill levels and taught by highly qualified teachers through group classes and private lessons. Our dynamic and interactive courses include:

Highlights:
• Elements of Public Speaking – emphasis, verbal and non-verbal communication, projection, articulation, eye contact, gesture, poise and posture
• Mental Gymnastics – thinking on one’s feet
• Various types of speeches – persuasive, informative, entertaining and demonstrative
• Delivery – impromptu, extemporaneous, prepared or memorized
• Speech writing – topic selection, organization, research, development and mechanics
• Oral presentations & prepared talks
• Debate & argumentation (logic)
• Discussion & research
• Interviewing
• Interpretive reading and dramatic interpretation (reader’s theater)
• Conversations & speaking on social occasion (introduction, thanks, farewell, toasts, etc.)
• Storytelling
• Model UN
• Mock trials

A unique and rewarding experience: Multiple opportunities to speak!
All activities maximize students’ achievement and potential in a positive, supportive and optimal learning environment.

Our Programs: Stimulating and comprehensive curricula

Students will begin with dramatic training from an experienced voice coach, who will teach them to make the most of their physical tools. This will be followed by coaching on the component parts of a speech: topic choice, introduction, body and conclusion. Students are taught the theory behind persuasion, including the Aristotelian triangle of ethos, pathos and logos. As students become more comfortable speaking in front of a crowd, the instructor will introduce the skill of impromptu speaking: delivering a speech without preparation. This will be facilitated through the use of improvisational games and enjoyable “mental gymnastics” exercises.

Debating is not solely for college students. Early training in debating helps students to listen carefully, to sequence logically and to argue effectively. Students sharpen their critical thinking skills through studying the mechanics of debate and argumentation. Students learn how to construct positions, to defend against and attack each other’s arguments, and to cross examine effectively. Instructors use logic games, mock trials and debates so that students take active roles and practice their skills.

Students also learn to evaluate peers and to receive helpful critiques. Once students become confident, they may also learn leadership skills while they organize and conduct meetings.

Our Teachers: Experienced and professional
Our highly qualified and dedicated teachers are committed to drawing the best from their students. They will inspire, motivate, and help students reach their full potential as effective speakers.

Our professional and experienced teachers are bachelors, masters and doctorate degree holders in either speech, theater, drama, voice, communication arts, English, law or other related disciplines.

Our Facilities: Well equipped and state-of the art
Our facilities are well-equipped with audio-visual tools and resource materials to aid and facilitate learning.

Certificate and Diploma Granting

For a curriculum based program, students can choose from the following certifying bodies:

I. Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada)
• Associate Diploma – Speech Arts and Drama (A.R.C.T.)

www.rcmexaminations.org

II. Trinity College of London / Trinity Guildhall (England)
• Associate Diploma (A.T.C.L.)
• Licentiate Diploma (L.T.C.L.)
• Fellowship Diploma (F.T.C.L.)

Diplomas in Communication Skills (Public Speaking)
Diplomas in Teaching and Education Studies

www.trinitycollege.co.uk

III. London College of Music (England)
• Diploma of the London College of Music (DipLCM)
• Associate of the London College of Music (ALCM)
• Licentiate of the London College of Music (LLCM)
• Fellowship of the London College of Music (FLCM)
• Diplomas in Performance, in Teaching and by Thesis

The syllabi strands in communications for London College of Music are:
a. Spoken English in Religion
b. Oral Communication
c. Personal & Professional Communication

www.uwl.ac.uk/academic-schools/music/lcm-exams/subjects

Group Instruction
Small group lessons provide a stimulating environment for students to practice their skills with like-minded peers.

Private Instruction
One-on-one instruction benefits students who are eager to develop expressive speech in a more individualized and goal-setting environment. Lessons are custom designed to cater to the needs and interests of each student. Students may choose to progress through Opus Academy’s Public Speaking & Debate programs or through Trinity’s or London College of Music’s Effective Communication Program.

Formal Debate Program
The art of debate has been a defining part of Western culture since the ancient Greeks. Opus Academy’s Formal Debate Program teaches your child the skills and techniques necessary to master debate, persuasion and argumentation. Help your child develop the skills of logic, argumentation and refutation, hallmarks of a successful professional in today’s society.

These courses teach students the skill of constructing and responding to arguments in everyday conversation, as well as the art of formal debating. Students will learn to make argumentative speeches designed to persuade a listener. This will include lessons on refutation – the art of responding to an argument made against one’s position. The course will move beyond the basic construction of speeches and teach students typical argumentative strategies that can be used in a wide variety of contexts. This will allow students to gain a deep understanding of the art, which will help them cross the last hurdle: debating without preparation.

Skill Applications
Business and classroom proposals, formal competitive debate, formal logic, essay writing, research skills.

Current Events Program
This program will increase young people’s awareness and responsiveness to issues and events that are important locally, nationally and internationally. Students learn to differentiate between fact and opinion, as well as to critically analyze news and stories from various media sources, thus, developing their own perspectives.

Skill Applications
Students expand their vocabulary and improve their reading, speaking and writing skills.

Interview Skills Program
The ability to express oneself in an interview setting is one of the most important skills a student can acquire. It is also one of the most difficult skills to attain, and many schools do not teach it until the upper grades, if at all. In this course, students will learn how to communicate effectively in an interview setting, making the most of their qualifications and experience. The students will be placed in a mock interview setting, during which they will be evaluated by an instructor with experience both with interviewing candidates and teaching interview skills.

Skill Applications
Interview skills for private school entrance
Interview skills for jobs
Interview skills for college admissions

Model United Nations

One of the most rewarding educational experiences for any student is participation in Model United Nations and Model Parliament programs. This course gives students an inside track to studying international relations, teaching them both what to expect in these programs and how to be successful. The course teaches the basics of making diplomatic speeches, and concentrates on successful negotiation strategies. Students are assigned roles and given specific diplomatic goals to be met by the end of the course.

Mock Trial
Students learn about the principles of trial advocacy and conduct mock trials for fictitious civil and criminal cases. Students are exposed early to this activity which prepares them for the study of law and is a feature of many universities’ extra-curricular activities. Involvement in Mock Trial fosters analytical, communication and team building skills. Mock Trial is an enjoyable program for students to learn the art of speaking. Opus Mock Trial Program trains students to plan, draft and present their claims, cross-examinations and closing arguments. It also teaches students how to argue logically and intelligently and how to conduct courtroom procedures. Students learn to think quickly and cogently.

Etiquette, Personality Development and Youth Leadership Program
A foundation of strong emotional intelligence gives young people the tools required to succeed personally and professionally. This program will provide youth with a solid foundation of skills necessary for positive personality development. Young people will strengthen their self-awareness, develop strong communication skills and essential leadership skills. They will study the essential qualities of a leader and learn conflict resolution skills through understanding social concepts and dynamics. In addition, this program prepares young people to present themselves well in a variety of social situations and at job interviews. The practical courses are designed to increase knowledge and appreciation of good manners and etiquette. They will improve self-esteem, self-respect and respect for others. Our interactive sessions provide an ideal combination of instruction, practices and role-playing in a supportive learning environment.

Some topics:

  • Personal image
  • Communicating with confidence
  • Dining etiquette
  • Etiquette in public places
  • Conducting meetings
  • Conflict resolution
  • Handling interviews
  • Ethics and values
  • Cultural proficiency
  • Anger management
  • Protocol and others
  • Character matters

Courses:

  1. Youth Leadership and Protocol Training
  2. Etiquette and Personality Empowerment for Youth
  3. Etiquette for Kids