Our Effective Speaking courses provide doctoral students with practical training in successful oral communication. The courses focus on aspects of speaking such as audience awareness, voice control, vocabulary control, signposting, and body language. They give students the space to rehearse speaking activities such as presentations, vivas and seminars, as well as the day-to-day interactions of academic life. The aim is to upgrade students' oral communication through intensive practice and detailed feedback. 

All Effective Speaking courses run for 4 weeks and where possible are being offered both in person on the South Kensington campus or online for those who may find it difficult to participate in person. The in person on campus and online courses cover identical material but are delivered via a different mode. When selecting a course, please note if it is being delivered online or on campus. Each week's live session lasts 90 minutes. Students will also be asked to spend at least 30 minutes preparing for the live session and are encouraged to do follow-up practice after each sessionEach course has been designed for students at different stages of their PhD, so please choose the course designed for you. 

Please make sure you register for the course that corresponds to the stage of your doctoral programme (e.g. if you're in your final year, you should register for Effective Speaking 3). 

Please note that the former Chemistry building on the College's South Kensington campus (see A3 on this map) now has spaces designed for self study. Level 4 has silent study spaces and Level 5 has independent learning spaces. If you are on campus, you may wish to benefit from the latter for our online courses, workshops and consultations.