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Public Speaking at the Intercultural Centre

  • Public Speaking at the Intercultural Centre

The following blog post is written by Kelty Christensen, Learner Engagement Officer at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.

Learners want to engage in small, meaningful ways that do not require a large time commitment.  They often have very busy lives.  They go to school full time, and many work part time and support themselves and their families.  Learners often do not have extra time to commit to extracurricular activities, but possess the desire to be involved in participating and learning new skills.

This semester the Intercultural Centre (IC) has introduced a series called MC in the IC.  Learners take on the role of Master of Ceremonies and are responsible for the introductions of guest speakers at IC events and workshops.  Learners receive one-on-one coaching, structured feedback, and encouragement on public speaking and presentation skills.  The time commitment is minimal and thus attractive to learners.

MC in the IC is an opportunity for learners to practice public speaking in a supportive environment and to gain confidence.  As confidence in public speaking increases, learners are inspired to take on other roles and further their skill development, perhaps by participating in Teach your Talent workshops. 

Rahul Kapil, a Practical Nursing student, was MC for the IC’s Communal Table on Health and Vitality. Here is what he had to say about his experience,

  • “It was my first experience speaking in front of staff.  I was expecting students!  I was nervous at first.  Practicing with the IC staff helped me create confidence to speak in front of people.  I learned to speak slower and learned to manage my body language.”

Encourage learners to step outside of their comfort zone and take on the role of MC.  Attend any of the Intercultural Centre’s workshops and see the MCs in action!


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This is such a learner-centered initiative Kelty, offering immediately transferable skills into learning and workplace settings. Fantastic!