Oral Communications Camp 2018


This year's 2-day CELC Oral Communication Camp, scheduled on May 15 and 16, 2018 at the Stephen Riady Centre, NUS, focuses on developing competent, critical and ethical speech communication. This is especially important in the so-called age of 'fake news', where people especially in positions of power and influence peddle lies and fallacies in order to win the favor of their audiences. While this year's camp will still emphasize effective use of language, voice and body in speech communication situations, equal emphasis will be given on developing attributes that shape an ethical and critical speaker in the series of plenary sessions and corresponding workshops. On the final day of the camp, participants in their small groups will deliver before the plenary their collective thoughts and insights on how to deal with problem cases that require competent, critical, creative and ethical speaking and listening.


To provide in-depth, focused and intensive coaching on effective and ethical speech communication

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the oral communication camp, students will be able to:

    1. articulate insights on ethics and criticality in speech communication as expressed in the series of presentations and workshop discussions;
    2. demonstrate effective use of language, voice and body in speech communication situations;
    3. conduct a persuasive team/ group presentation on a problem case to be provided by the organizers;
    4. confidently and effectively engage the audience verbally and nonverbally; and
    5. apply principles learnt to demonstrate competent, critical and ethical speech behavior.



Day 1
Day 2
0830 - 0900 Registration  
0900 - 0915 Opening and programme introduction

Guest Lecture 3 -
EMOTIONS and EMPATHY: Evoking emotions that matter, not emotions that deceive

- Mr Tan Yang Long, Social life enthusiast and NUS honors student of sociology

0915 - 1000

Guest Lecture 1 –
The GOOD ORATOR: Speaking well in the age of ’fake news’  

- Associate Professor Lim Lei Theng,
Deputy Director, Legal Skills Programme and Co-director, Centre for Pro-bono Clinical Legal Education
1000 - 1030 Tea break Tea break
1030 - 1130

A panel discussion on

ETHICS AND SPEAKING: Truthfulness and human virtues in oral communication

- Associate Professor Lim Lei Theng,
Deputy Director, Legal Skills Programme and Co-director, Centre for Pro-bono Clinical Legal Education

- Mr Jose Hong, Singapore Press Holdings Scholar and Journalist, The Straits Times

Workshop: Developing oral performance and communication by improving vocal and physical techniques

Composing and performing individual or collective commitment statements (refer for Buehler’s Credo as a model)

1130 - 1300 Workshop: Dealing with problem cases using effective and ethical speech communication through role playing
1300 - 1400 Lunch Lunch
1400 - 1500

Guest Lecture 2 -
Dealing with post-truth: Winning the battle against ‘fake news’, lies, and propaganda through CRITICAL SPEAKING

- Professor Mohan J. Dutta, Provost’s Chair Professor and Head of Department of Communications and New Media, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS
Preparation for closing: practice and feedback; selection of representatives for the culminating activity
1500 - 1530 Tea break
1530 - 1600 Workshop:  Workshop on developing evidence based speech
1600 - 1700 Culminating activity: The Finals
1700 - 1730 Wrap up: Oral interpretation of the Credo (Buehler 1961) Closing Ceremony


Guest Speakers

Professor Mohan J. Dutta

Provost’s Chair Professor and Head of Department of Communications and New Media, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS

Professor Mohan J. Dutta is Provost's Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Adjunct Professor at the Interactive Digital Media Institute (IDMI) at NUS, and Courtesy Professor of Communication at Purdue University. At NUS, he is the Founding Director of the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE), directing research on culturally-centered, community-based projects of social impact. He has run over thirty communication activism and advocacy projects, producing policy briefs, white papers, media advocacy campaigns, documentary films, photo exhibitions, and 360 degree media interventions, reaching over 3 million audiences spread across 17 countries, and generating a variety of social change outcomes.

Recognized as one of the leading authorities on "Communication for Social Impact," Professor Dutta is the winner of the 2016 International Communication Association Applied/Public Policy Outstanding Researcher Award, the highest award for applied research given out by the International Communication Association for his groundbreaking work on the culture-centered approach for developing communication interventions to work with marginalized communities, and the 2017 Outstanding Health Communication Researcher Award given out by the National Communication Association. He is the winner of the 2005 PRIDE Award for the best article in Public Relations, given to his theoretical intervention "Civil society and Public Relations: Not so civil after all" published in the Journal of Public Relations Research.

He serves as Editor of the "Critical Cultural Studies in Global Health Communication Book Series" with Routledge and sits on the editorial board of eight journals, including leading journals such as Communication Theory and Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. Beyond his academic accomplishments, Professor Dutta collaborates with a wide range of communities, activist organizations, civil society organizations, and state organizations to develop interventions grounded in the philosophical commitments of radical democracy.

Assoc Prof Lim Lei Theng

Deputy Director, Legal Skills Programme

Co-director, Centre for Pro-bono Clinical Legal Education


Prior to joining the Legal Skills Programme, Lei Theng was a litigation lawyer at Drew & Napier LLC where she dealt with complex international litigation and arbitration matters. Lei Theng holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, and her speciality is in teaching and training in legal skills. Lei Theng runs the clinical legal education programme at NUS where students assist her in cases for the Legal Aid Bureau of Singapore.

Lei Theng is an active mediation and negotiation trainer for external bodies such as the Singapore Mediation Centre. She conducts trainer training for Advocacy teachers for the Law Society and for mediation training for the Singapore Mediation Centre. Lei Theng has provided consultancy services in legal skills teaching to faculty of the Hong Kong University, the National University of Laos and the National Chengchi University and she has conducted a moots workshop at Chulalongkorn University. 

A two-time former Jessup mooter herself, Lei Theng has coached several debates and moots teams, including NUS Space Moots teams that have won the Asia-Pacific Regional rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot, the team that won the 2009 Copenhagen Competition, and the team that won the 2009 International Commercial Mediation Competition.  She is currently the coach of the NUS Jessup Moot team.

Mr Jose Hong

Singapore Press Holdings Scholar and Journalist, The Straits Times


Jose Hong is a journalist with The Straits Times. He believes strongly in the power words have to shape society, and is always looking for novel ways to present news to people. In The Straits Times he focuses on consumer news, and also writes for the science section and a column for younger journalists. He has contributed to publications such as The Guardian, environmental online news site Mongabay, and a London-wide university student newspaper.

He graduated with first-class honours from University College London (UCL), where he pursued a degree in European Social and Political Studies. He cast his vote in the British referendum to leave the European Union, and has seen what happens to public discourse when it is overrun with emotion. 

Prior to the working world he was a competitive debater, and represented his secondary and high school in national competitions. In university he led a photojournalism Facebook page called “Humans of UCL”, and increased its reach from 300 to more than 10,000 followers. Today, he continues to engage people outside of work through his role as a nature guide.

Mr Tan Yang Long

Social Life Enthusiast and NUS Honors student of Sociology


Tan Yang Long is a social life enthusiast, a public speaker, a theater artist, and an honors student of sociology at the National University of Singapore. Before pursuing his studies at NUS, he graduated from Hwa Chong Institution and served in the 3rd Battalion Singapore Guards for his national service.

He is currently a student in Tembusu College of the University Town where he is the founder of Polity, a public policy interest group that promotes civic discourse in the college. Under his leadership, Polity has, in her first year, successfully organised eight dialogues with distinguished guests and held the first college public speaking event. He was also a student representative on the panel of the prestigious Tembusu Forum, where he spoke on the topic of "The 4th Prime Minister".

He also attained the Best Essay prize in the college in his second semester. During his first year at NUS, he delivered a TEDx talk on the importance of challenging the normal before an audience of 500 people. Earlier this year, he also directed a play for the NUS STAGE. As a social life enthusiast, Yang Long yearns to contribute to his communities "using the heart and the head."




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