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New! Mini Physical Theatre
Effective Public Speaking
New! Talk Your Way Out of Any Hot Spot – Improving Your Impromptu English Speaking Skills

Mini Physical Theatre (MPT1/21-22)

Want to know how you can use your body language/movement for communication?

Looking for fun activities to widen your horizon?

Want to make friends from different cultural backgrounds?

If you say “yes” to any of the questions above, the “Mini Physical Theatre for HKU Students” is what you can’t miss.

Guided by Dr. Vicki Ooi, a well-known theatre educator and director, you will learn the basic principles of Physical Theatre and use the new found skills to devise a short performance of an extract from the play “Walking The Amazon”, a book-to-theatre adaption staged by AFTEC.

Ed Stafford, the author of “Walking The Amazon”, completed his first ever walk from the source to the mouth of the Amazon River in 860 days. Now you can join the director, Dr. Vicki Ooi and actors and crew put on one scene from the play. Because more than 300 dialects are used in the Amazon, you can speak in the language of your choice when you join the performance.

At the end of the workshop, YOU WILL HAVE:

  • Learned the basic principles of physical theatre
  • Been more aware of the use of body language/movement for communication
  • Gained the opportunity to act on a professional stage (with props, scenery, lighting, sound, etc.)
  • Met HKU peers who speak different languages

Date: 9 Oct 2021 (Sat)
Programme (Time):

9:30 am – 10:30 am Skills Training
10:30 am – 11:30 am Apply the skills to devise the short performance
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Performance
  • Group and individual feedback for participants

Venue: Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre Theatre, G/F, 111 Shau Kei Wan Road, Hong Kong
Language: English for the teaching part
Class Size: Minimum 20, Maximum 40
Fee: $100
Deposit: $100

  1. No previous theatre experience/training is needed. The workshop is for every HKU student!
  2. This is a very intensive training. You must arrive on time; otherwise, you will miss some important segments.
  3. The workshop fee is heavily subsidized by the University. If you are unable to fully attend the workshop, please do not apply)

Registration and payment: Click Here
Waiting list (Please fill in this form if the workshop is full): Click Here


Effective Public Speaking (EPS1/21-22)

This compact and entertaining workshop will cover the fundamentals of two disparate topics: Public Speaking and Networking.

Both are vital to success in many enterprises today, not only commercial enterprises but in academia and socially too. Both require practice and even though some of us are apparent naturals at Public Speaking and at Networking the less gifted will be pleased to know that acquired skills and experience are frequently more important than innate raw talent. (Even Churchill was not a born orator.)

This workshop is for those who need to get out of their shell and get some experience under their belt. The course is entirely in English and will give all participants an opportunity to role play in a range of public speaking and networking scenarios. After the 6-hour workshop, you should be more proactive and confident when you stand in the limelight “on the stump” or in a “meet and greet” session.

Note: Participants will need to wear semi-formal clothes. No shorts or flip flops please; we want to make a good first impression. (BTW…Churchill didn’t wear flip flops!) Handouts will be issued for each activity. Mobile phones should be brought to class fully charged. One activity involves the use of a smart phone video if participants have this facility available.

At the end of the workshops, YOU SHOULD:

  • Know the key factors for effective public speaking
  • Have enhanced confidence in speaking to a larger audience
  • Be more conversant with the “rules” and conventions of networking and socializing in a variety of contexts other than the workplace
  • Feel more familiar with, and be at ease in networking environments
  • Be more aware of some of the pitfalls that can be avoided while networking and socializing
Part 1 – Public speaking fundamentals, including formal presentations Part 2 – Networking fundamentals including practical activities
Date: 19 Oct 2021 (Tue) 26 Oct 2021 (Tue)
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Format/Venue: Convocation Room (MB218, 2/F, Main Building)
Language: English
Class size: 15 – 25
Fee: $50
Deposit: $100
Trainer: Mr. Robert Barber
Registration and payment: Click Here
Waiting list: Click Here
(Please fill in this form if the workshop is full)

About the trainer:
Mr. Robert Barber has lived in Hong Kong for over 20 years teaching and training in the British Army and more recently at secondary and tertiary level. Born in London he was educated in Ireland and the USA. His lively courses focus on well-defined learner needs and established results-based practices


Talk Your Way Out of Any Hot Spot – Improving Your Impromptu English Speaking Skills (IES1/21-22)

Many of you can speak clearly and confidently when talking to people who are nice and friendly. But:

  • Can you communicate with people who treat you like a child
  • Can you handle complaints
  • Do you know how to talk with argumentative people
  • Can you handle people venting their anger at you

This workshop will help you build your English communication skills and self-confidence needed to handle difficult situations where you are required to speak up for yourself without much time for preparation. In this highly interactive workshop, you will learn how to speak English smoothly and give quick and appropriate responses.

At the end of the workshop, YOU WILL HAVE:

  • Acquired the skills for improving your impromptu English speaking skills
  • Built up confidence in handling difficult situations
  • Gained opportunities to practice assertive communication

Date: 11 & 12 Oct 2021 (Mon & Tue)
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Venue: Convocation Room (MB218, 2/F, Main Building)
Language: English
Class size: 12 – 18
Fee: $50
Deposit: $100
Trainer: Ms. Amiya Nagpal
Registration and payment: Click Here
Waiting list (Please fill in this form if the workshop is full): Click Here

About the trainer:
Amiya is an educator, performer and writer from Dubai, based in Hong Kong. Amiya has 5+ years experience teaching young people and adults across a range of fields and subjects. She hopes to facilitate her students’ academic and personal goals through discursive lessons based around reading, research and lots of questions! She also incorporates her drama background into her work by including public speaking, interactive activities and world building as learning tools. Amiya holds a BA in Human, Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge, and a Certificate in Speech and Drama from LAMDA.