Oral Communications Camp 2019


The 2-day CELC Oral Communication Camp, scheduled on May 14 and 15, 2019 at the Stephen Riady Centre, NUS, focuses on developing student participants’ skills in impromptu and extemporaneous speaking.  Speaking off-the-cuff and thinking on one’s feet are particularly important skills for any university student who is expected to perform well in various communication situations like interviews, group discussions, and public speaking events.  University students are also expected to speak with competence, trustworthiness and dynamism on any given topic that is of general interest or is specific to his or her field of study.  The 2-day camp aims at developing such skills through a series of workshops and plenary sessions with invited speakers.  For the culminating activity, representatives from each of the breakout sessions will engage in a friendly competition where they will demonstrate what they have learned from the workshop sessions.


To provide in-depth, focused and intensive coaching on speaking extemporaneously.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the oral communication camp, student participants should be able to:

  1. familiarize themselves with principles, strategies and techniques of speaking extemporaneously in various communication situations;
  2. demonstrate effective use of language, voice and body in various speech communication situations; and
  3. present ideas in a group or public communication situations using quick thinking and extemporaneously speaking skills.


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(Registration closes on 30th April 2019)



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

Ms Nora Samosir
Speaking with Your Entire Body: The Strategic Use of Facial Expressions, Gestures, and Bodily Movement in Communication Situations

(With Q and A)
0915 - 1015

A/Prof James Leong Foo
The Art of Speaking in the Moment

(With Q and A)

1015 - 1045 Tea break Tea break
1045 - 1230

Workshop: Impromptu speaking on topics that are of general interest (What is your position on the burning issues of the day?)

Workshop: Hands-on sessions where individual participants are given 5 minutes to think on a topic and 3 minutes to deliver a speech on the said topic

1230 - 1300 Lunch
1300 - 1330 Lunch
1330 - 1400 Workshop and selection of representatives for the culminating activity: Hands-on sessions resume and the break out session group decides who among the participants would best represent the team in the culminating activity
1400 - 1430

Panel Discussion – Prof Phoon Kok Kwang, A/Prof Lim Tit Meng, A/Prof Stella Tan, A/Prof James Leong Foo and Mr Lee Chen Tong
Thinking and Speaking on One’s Feet: Stories from Practitioners

(With Q and A)
1430 - 1500 Tea Break
1500 - 1530 Tea Break Culminating activity: The Finals (2 representatives from each breakout session; one for impromptu speaking and another for extemporaneous speaking)
1530 - 1700 Workshop: Extemporaneous speaking on topics that are specific to your field of study (How do you explain your field of study/ research topic to a non-specialist or a general audience?)
1700 - 1730 Wrap up: Reminders for the next session

Closing Ceremony


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Guest Speakers

A/Prof James Leong C. Foo

Consultant & Adjunct Assoc. Prof., NUS Business School & Faculty of Law


Adjunct Prof James Leong C. Foo is an expert educator on Financial Story Telling®.  A highly effective teacher who teaches and entertains, he is passionate about simplifying complicated financial concepts for his audience to understand. A Fellow Chartered Accountant, James is an adjunct professor with National University of Singapore who teaches business and finance with the faculty of law. He has judged at the Singapore Corporate Awards (Best Annual Report) for SGX listed companies. The Singapore Business Review has recognised James as one of ten influential professional speakers in Singapore. He is also a Certified Speaking Professional, the speaking profession’s highest earned international measure of professional platform competence, recognised by Professional Speakers Australia and National Speakers Association of America. A distinguished Toastmaster, James represented Singapore and won the Toastmasters Pan Southeast Asia Humour Speech Contest Championship. 

Lee Chen Tong

SOC, NUS graduate, Senior Systems Analyst at HDB

Chen Tong graduated in 2016 with a concurrent degree in Bachelor of Computing (Information Systems) from NUS, and Master of Philosophy in Management from the University of Cambridge. Since then, he has spent 2 years at the Housing & Development Board (HDB)’s Information Services Group, and is currently heading the Group’s Geospatial Information Systems team as a Senior Systems Analyst. Chen Tong communicates with a variety of stakeholders on a daily basis – from gathering user requirements, to relaying instructions to the development team, to even marketing proposed solutions to internal and external partners. His role as a young team leader has also provided him with opportunities to be exposed to varied forms of communication in team management, management of superiors, as well as briefings to external stakeholders.


A/Prof Lim Tit Meng

CEO, Science Centre Singapore & Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Biological Sciences, NUS

Dr Lim Tit Meng is the Chief Executive of Science Centre Singapore since 2010.  He is concurrently an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore.  He has held many leadership positions including that of Vice Dean of Science, Deputy Head of Biological Sciences, Director of Bioscience Centre, and Director of Special Programme in Science.  A major contributor to science education, he played an active role in shaping the biology curriculum in Singapore.  He has also championed the STEM Applied Learning Programmes in schools and has given numerous talks to popularise science.  He is the President of the Singapore Association for the Advancement of Science (SAAS), first Vice President of the Singapore National Academy of Science, and the Vice President of the Association of Singapore Attractions (ASA) Executive Committee.

He is also in the Board of Directors of Temasek Innovates Foundation CLG ltd.  He is an elected Fellow of the Singapore National Academy of Science and Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Biology.  He has been elected President of the Asia Pacific Network of Science and Technology Centres (ASPAC) since 2016, and was a Director on the Board of the Association of Science & Technology Centers (ASTC) from 2013-2018.  He also serves in the Singapore Bioethics Advisory Committee.  An alumnus of NUS, he was the first Direct Honours student in Zoology and graduated with a First Class degree in 1984. He was awarded the Churchill College Overseas Scholarship at the University of Cambridge in UK and obtained his PhD in 1987.  He was also the recipient of the Japan-Singapore Promotion for Science Fellowship (1991) and the Commonwealth Fellowship (1995-1996).  In 2016 he was recognised with the National Day Award, Public Administration Medal (Silver) and the National Day Award for Long Service.

Professor KK Phoon

Distinguished Professor and Vice Provost (Academic Personnel), NUS


In his capacity as Vice Provost, Prof Phoon works with the Provost in academic personnel matters including recruitment and development, benchmarking and resource allocation.

A graduate of the National University of Singapore and Cornell University, Prof Phoon is a geotechnical engineer and has been a faculty member in the NUS Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering since 1995. He was the Head of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from May 2013 to August 2015.

Prof Phoon’s expertise lies in risk and reliability in geotechnical engineering. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Norman Medal (2005) – the highest honour granted by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the NUS Outstanding Researcher Award (2010), Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA) (2011 and 2012), as well as the John Booker Medal (2014) from the International Association of Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG).

Prof Phoon is the current Chair of TC304 - Engineering Practice of Risk Assessment and Management, International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) (2010-2017). He was the past Chair of the ASCE Geo-Institute Technical Committee on Risk Assessment and Management (2003-2009). He is the first person outside USA to chair both committees, which are the most influential committees in his field. He has served as the scientific advisor to the International Centre for Geohazards (2004-2013), board member of the Civil Engineering Risk and Reliability Association (2003-2011), and President of the Geotechnical Society of Singapore (2010 – 2011). He is a current board member of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics and executive board member of the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability. He was elected Fellow of ASCE in 2008, Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) in 2009, and Fellow of Academy of Engineering Singapore in 2012.

At the University level, Prof Phoon has served in various capacities, including as a member of the University Promotion and Tenure Committee (UPTC), NUS Senate Delegacy, Research Excellence Award Committee (REAC), University Research Benchmarking Consultative Committee (RCCC), University Awards Selection Committee, and Chair of Task Force on Continuing and Professional Education.

Prof Phoon’s teaching areas are in Foundation Engineering, Reliability & Decision Analysis, and Analytical & Numerical Methods in Foundation Engineering. His main research interest lies in risk management of geotechnical systems in the presence of natural geologic variabilities and others. Prof Phoon has also served on the editorial boards of the top three journals in geotechnical engineering. He has 2 books to his name, edited 5 ASCE Geotechnical Special Publications, and published more than 100 international refereed journal papers. He has delivered presentations in more than 20 countries and over 70 cities around the world, including the inaugural S.L. Lee Lecture (2013), 11th J.E. Jennings Memorial Lecture (2013), 10th Sun Jun Lecture (2015), and Wilson Tang Lecture (2015).

Nora Samosir

Instructor, Faculty of Arts & Social Science, NUS, & Professional Actor


Nora Samosir is a trained Voice Coach with a Postgraduate Diploma in Voice Studies from the Central School of Speech and Drama, London, an MA in Theatre Studies from the National University of Singapore and a BA (Honours) from York University, Toronto. She qualified as a teacher from the Institute of Education, Singapore. Her training in Voice also includes the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine’s Introduction to Vocal Profile Analysis and Voicecraft International’s Complete Voicecraft Workshop, to which she was awarded a grant from the National Arts Council in 2001.

Nora has been active in Singapore theatre since 1979. Fluent in English, Malay and Bahasa Indonesia, she has starred in numerous productions with various theatre companies, as well as on television. She teaches in the Theatre Studies programme at the National University of Singapore.


A/Prof Stella Tan

Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Biological Sciences, NUS and Former Deputy Director, Senior Deputy Public Prosecutor, Deputy Senior State Counsel in the Attorney-General’s Chambers

Associate Professor Stella Tan is the Assistant Dean (Student Life) of Science Faculty and is the Director in-charge of the 14-year Forensic Science programme in NUS. She is one of the two Singaporeans who have received postgraduate academic qualifications in Law, Forensic Science and Science under scholarships. She was a Dean’s Lister at Law Faculty and graduated top of her postgraduate class under the tutelage of the world’s foremost forensic expert, Dr Henry Lee, in USA.

She was seconded from the Attorney-General’s Chambers where she held the appointment of Deputy Senior State Counsel and was the lead prosecutor for a wide range of cases, including murder, sexual assault cases and drugs. She also held the appointment of Director, Prosecution and Legal Policy, at the Health Sciences Authority, where she provided legal advice and practical trainings to forensic experts.

Her main interest is nurturing her students and she won consecutive Dean’s Meritorious Teaching Awards. She teaches in both Science and Law Faculties and her modules include Forensic Science, Evidence in Forensic Science, Advanced Criminal Litigation, Forensic Human Identification, Criminalistics, Articulating Probability and Statistics in Court and Forensic Toxicology and Poisons.

She is voted as the Deputy Chairperson by her peers in Forensic Science, representing Singapore at the International Standards for Forensic Sciences. She is the Principal Investigator of the NUS Forensic Science Laboratory. She has co-authored papers on Stem Cell Research, Therapeutic Cloning and Germline Modification for the National Bioethics Advisory Committee, which provides advice to the Singapore Government. She also delivers lectures on Forensic Science to Judges at the Singapore Judicial College.



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