Public Speaking & Current Events

Public speaking is a skill that people need to be successful in your career and social life. Students will study the details of social interactions and the psychology of public speaking. Students will also read current events and learn how to analyze the text quickly. Afterward, the students will give presentations every class and receive positive feedback from not only their teachers, but their classmates as well. By the end of the semester, students should be able to speak confidently, adapt to high-pressure situations, improve their critical reading skills, and be well informed of current events.

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Dates: Sundays 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1

Time: 7-8pm

Location: Saratoga Fire Station Community Room, 14380 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070

Grades: 6-8


Andy Li

Andy is a rising sophomore at Lynbrook High School. He has over two and a half years of debating experience and has competed in many contests before. He is most familiar with Parliamentary and Public Forum style of debate. He has had experience teaching a public speaking class and understands how the students think. During his spend time, he reads current events and understands how to analyze the main topics. He looks forward to communicate with the students and teach them important speaking skills.

Teacher Assistant

Neil Weaver

My name is Neil, and I am very excited to be the Teching Assistant for the Public Speaking and Current Events class at Silicon Valley Youth. I lived mainly in San Diego for the first years of my life, and started piano around three, as well as occasional tennis classes. I moved to the Bay Area about a year later, continued with my piano, and attended Stevens Creek Elementary. A few months after I moved, I began a new sport: judo. I also began swimming classes at the YMCA, then transferred to Saratoga Star Aquatics two years later. Additionally, I also took fencing classes. After I entered Kennedy Middle School, I took two Silicon Valley Youth courses: Website Design and Current Events and Public Speaking. Currently I am also attending the Speech and Debate clubs at my school.