Public Speaking Classes
Public Speaking (Grade 4-6)
This course introduces principles of public speaking to young students, including effective delivery, being persuasive, and writing speeches. This class serves as a good foundation to debating, but also to class presentations and competitive speech competitions. The goal is to build confidence in speaking in front of groups of people, both with prepared and impromptu material. Basic research skills will also be practiced.
Jenny H.Coach, Debate
Tian Zhi Y.Coach, Debate
Matt T.Head Coach, Debate
Dr. Hamada K.Instructor, English&Essay
Junielle G.Instructor, Eng & Essay
Jenny has been in competitive debate for 8+ years, having broken at numerous national as well as international competitions with various speaker awards and team awards. In university, she was the head of training at McMaster Debate and worked to establish some of Hamilton’s first youth debate programs. As a former White Oaks Debate Executive, Jenny has coached students of various age groups through summer workshops and year-round programs in many different formats of debate and public speaking. Additionally, Jenny has demonstrated high academic achievement, coming in at the top of her class in IB Biology, Geography, and History. Academically, Jenny holds a MSc Global Health and completed her undergraduate at McMaster University in Health Science with interests in knowledge translation, anatomy & physiology, and intersectional health advocacy. She is currently working with global NGOs to support the World Health Organization in research knowledge translation.
Tian Zhi Y.
Tianzhi Yang (pronounced tan-zee) graduated from the Schulich School of Business with a degree in Business Administration and has been debating for over 8 years. She was the former President of York Debate Society and was on the White Oak’s Debate executive team. As a debater, she has broken at numerous university debate competitions at University of Toronto, McGill, Queens, and more. During her time at YDS she has served as the Tournament Director for York’s High School Debate Tournament and the Canadian High School Women’s Debate Championships.
Matt is a product of the University of Toronto’s English, Philosophy, and Sociology programs, he is well versed in multiple writing disciplines and carries a long tradition of high standards and strong results into the classroom. Matt has taught students of all ages and skill levels how to elevate their written work, inspiring a passion for writing that his students carry with them through post secondary education and into their professional lives. His expectations are high but fair, Matt goes to great lengths to adapt his lessons to accommodate the needs of individual students and ensure their success, through patience and persistence he instills in his class not just a love of writing, but also the discipline required to do it well.
Dr. Hamada K.
Dr. Hamada K. has an MA and PhD degrees in literature from the University of Essex, UK. He has recently moved to Canada and joined Linkedkey to teach literature and writing. He previously worked at the American University of Sharjah as an adjunct faculty between 2012 and 2014 and as a visiting assistant professor of English between January 2018 and June 2019. He has taught composition, advanced academic writing, professional communication for engineers, IELTS, business writing, public speaking, and literature. He specialized in nineteenth-century U.S. literature, history and politics, particularly Mark Twain’s career and greatest works. He has participated in international literature and compsition conferences in the USA and UK, and his work has been published in the Mark Twain Annual, Mark Twain Journal, and Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies.
Junielle G. is a graduate of the prestigious University of Toronto and has been writing university level essays for many years. She has extensive experience both in writing and in childhood education, whether tutoring university students or mentoring with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto, Junielle is in her element when teaching others to excel. Junielle’s standards are rigorous but fair and she is an expert in getting the most out of her students while maintaining a patient and positive classroom atmosphere.