SUMMER HOLIDAY COURSES: 
HOW TO THINK FOR YOURSELF
AND COMMUNICATE FLUENTLY

Our summer courses combines elements of our ‘critical thinking in action’ workshops – in which we explore a controversial issue from different perspectives – with a more deliberate, practical focus on developing confidence in speaking in a group. 

 

The course runs over three 2-hr sessions, each with a focus on a different issue and plenty of opportunities to practise expressing views on the topic and receive detailed feedback. It is designed for students of secondary school age and includes 6 hours of live teaching time plus individual feedback.

The course cost £120 per student. Scholarships are available for students from low-income families who would like to learn with us, please email us to find out more.

Autumn 2020
half-term courses

5 September - 24 October

Saturdays 10am - noon plus socials and graduation

OR Saturdays 2 - 4pm plus socials and graduation

6 September - 25 October

Sundays 10am - noon plus socials and graduation

OR Sundays 2 - 4pm plus socials and graduation

HOMESCHOOLING OPTIONS

8 week courses beginning on:

Wednesday 2 September

Thursday 3 September

Friday 4 September

Monday 2 November

Tuesday 3 November

10am - noon plus socials and graduation

(All times are UK times)

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summer HOLIDAYS 2021

Courses running throughout the summer holidays.

 

Each course comprises three sessions: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from10am-noon (6 hours total) 

Our holiday courses help students explore complex contemporary issues - like healthcare, developmental aid, social media - from a variety of perspectives. They will also include plenty of fun, silly activities designed to build verbal fluency, plus tools to help build confidence when expressing views in a group. Students will finish the course better able to think on their feet and communicate effectively and persuasively. 

Email us at info@oxfordcatalyst.com for further details and to check availability.

day 1

Analysing presentation styles

  • Understanding the impact of a first impression  

  • Critical analysis of different presentation styles using
    real-life examples

  • Exploring the role that posture, tone, language and style play in effectively communicating to different audiences 

  • Helping students develop a communication style that will convey their individual personality

  • Understanding the role of imagination in creating society
    and culture – from money and capitalism to governments
    and human rights 

  • Exploring how we can use 'stories’ alongside analysis to communicate important messages 

  • Combining facts, statistics and research with fictional stories as a tool for imagining the future  

  • Practical tasks in which students will harness their imagination in order to solve problems 

day 2

Imagination and persuasion

DAY 3

Constructing a convincing argument

  • Considering why constructive argument is necessary  

  • Understanding the dangers of polarised views, and the importance of being able to see things from different perspectives 

  • Learning the basic elements of formal debate including how to construct arguments and undermine opposing perspectives 

  • Exploring the limitations of debate (or ‘winning the argument’) and the importance of wider perspectives when deciding on the best course of action