Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor A-level Welsh students have had a speech masterclass with expert speakers Gwyn Vaughan and Betsan Powys at the Lloyd George Museum in Llanystumdwy this month.

The group from Pwllheli campus received useful advice from expert public speakers, actor Gwyn Vaughan and journalist Betsan Powys. Learning from the best, the students were guided through the initial task of writing an engaging speech. They were also given tips on how to project their voices clearly when speaking to a large group of people. The course was organised on behalf of the Lloyd George Museum by Siwan Llynor and Mari Pritchard.

The Pwllheli students were given a lecture on the history of the famous Welsh Prime Minister, following in his footsteps and analysing his speaking techniques and choice of words. This was followed by an informative session from Betsan Powys, Welsh Journalist and currently the Editor of Programmes for BBC Radio Cymru, on political speeches.

The future speakers were given lessons from the fantastic actor Gwyn Vaughan, seen in many shows and films including Hidden, on how to project their voices effectively and clearly with confidence. At the end of the session, each A-level student had a go at writing their speech which they then presented to the rest of the group.

Commenting on the two-day experience, Bethan Hughes, the programme area manager at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, said:

This experience was extremely beneficial and worthwhile for all who took part. The students have come away with improved self-confidence and the ability to speak more effectively in front of a crowd. They also learned a lot about the Welsh Prime Minister, Lloyd George and Welsh history.

The learners all agreed that it was very helpful and a unique opportunity. Some comments included:

I've been greatly inspired and have learned a lot about Welsh history at the Lloyd George Museum, it's been a fantastic experience!

I thoroughly enjoyed the last two days, especially the chance to discuss speeches with both Betsan and Gwyn in a really fun way.

The students will draw from this experience in their various coursework projects and will use their new skills in many aspects of their future lives.

To learn more about studying AS/A levels at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, visit gllm.ac.uk/a-levels. Applications for September are now open!