LAMDA lessons at Bradfield play an integral role in the development of every pupil that partakes in the classes.
Lessons are to encourage and enhance performance and communication skills in an atmosphere that is fun, creative and encouraging but also educational. LAMDA has developed an enviable reputation for delivering excellence in the provision of Communication and Performance exams in the UK.
LAMDA helped me with my presentations, interviews and also helped me find the courage to stand up in front of a crowd and share my views with the rest. I learned so much during the time I attended LAMDA lessons including the dos and don'ts of a powerful and interesting presentation; the right way to address a crowd, the art of the manipulation of my pitch and voice and the importance of body language. I gained skills I would not have been able to get without their help! I will continue to use these skills throughout university and my career.Seilin Yessimbekova (M 17-19)
LAMDA Lessons at Bradfield can be individual one-to-one sessions or can be held in pairs, and we offer a range of the LAMDA pathways for pupils to take, including Speaking in Public, Acting and Speaking Verse and Prose.
No matter which direction a learner may choose to follow in the future, our exams provide the opportunity to nurture natural abilities. Across the range, our exams develop a learner’s ability to:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- expand vocabulary to improve powers of self-expression
- improve confidence in speaking and listening
- memorise and recall information
- research and create persuasive formal presentations
- create and defend arguments
- engage in constructive informal conversation
- work both alone and as a member of a team.
These critical skills will enhance the learner’s self-confidence to engage and contribute fully, whether at school, in further education, in work, or in the community: in other words, empowering an individual to fulfil their potential.
LAMDA’s exams are designed to recognise and reward the endeavours of each individual. Learners are awarded an official LAMDA certificate and a medal, where relevant, as well as constructive feedback in a written report to help them advance to the next level.
Success in one of our exams demonstrates that learners have grown as individuals by participating in a worthwhile activity that is respected as a global standard.
Accreditation and Recognition
LAMDA is recognised as an awarding organisation by Ofqual, the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation in England and the corresponding regulatory authorities in Wales and Northern Ireland (CCEA). Other recognitions are held internationally And LAMDA’s Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) accredited examinations are also aligned with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).
LAMDA - Speaking in Public
LAMDA Speaking in Public examinations are designed to develop the skills necessary for effective oral communication and public presentation.
Public speaking is an integral part of 21st Century life. Whether speaking in front of a small group of colleagues or at a largescale conference, many people in any walk of life are at some point required to make a presentation or to give a speech.
These examinations provide the tools to help learners construct speeches, use positive body language and engage with a wide range of communication techniques. At the higher grades, these examinations also include impromptu work, which helps learners develop the skills necessary to formulate arguments and convincing presentations with little preparation time.
Building on communication skills with conversation and listening skills, these examinations encourage learners to think on their feet and to structure a considered argument under time constraints.
At all levels the learner will also answer questions about their speeches and any other theory required.
LAMDA - Acting
LAMDA Acting examinations are designed to develop the skills necessary to communicate dramatic text to an audience.
They help to develop key life skills, such as understanding and empathy, by allowing learners to engage with different circumstances and/or situations in a practical way. The examinations help to promote creative thinking and exploration, whilst allowing learners to acquire memory skills, spatial awareness, vocal confidence and physical presence.
Exploring different characters also allows learners to get to the heart of how feelings and emotions dictate behaviour, encouraging them to become more self-aware. As with all LAMDA examinations, the development of a clear speaking voice and good body language are an integral part of these exams. At each grade, the learners will answer questions about their chosen scenes and any other theory required.
LAMDA Acting classes can benefit students preparing for GSCE and A Level drama as there is a crossover in techniques, skills and knowledge required.
LAMDA - Speaking Verse and Prose
Using poetry and prose, LAMDA Speaking Verse and Prose examinations allow learners to explore literature in an engaging and practical way, and develop solid communication skills.
Developing a good speaking voice is key for these examinations. Learners who are successful, will recognise how to use their voices in different ways to provoke different reactions. Equally important, memorising a number of pieces encourages self-discipline and focus.
The way the learner interprets the pieces will enable them to engage imaginatively with the thought, emotion, style and form of the text. Technically, the learner will develop skills in voice, diction, posture and body language. An in-depth knowledge and appreciation of the literature will also be achieved as they study the text and that will help them communicate each text to the imagined audience in an engaging way.
At each grade, the learner will perform a set verse and/or prose selection and an own choice selection from memory. They will also answer questions about their chosen selections and any other theory required for the grade.