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Think and Speak Up Summer Camp
at QD Academy 2018
Leadership and Communication Class Description
Because college admissions and employers measure talent, maturity, and intelligence by one’s ability to collaborate and communicate effectively, Think and Speak Up (TSUP) founded by Dr. Lisa Wang creates a unique curriculum for students to master these skills essential to personal relationships whether in the workplace, classroom, or at home. Deviating from a typical classroom setting, TSUP gives hands on experience and utilizes more than 75 fun filled activities that entertain while instructing, helping students learn to
- use words to capture images and paint a world for audiences to see
- deliver a speech using expressive voice and meaningful body language
- point out others’ weakness without offending, but rather motivating
- speak without preparation in an environment allows students to be creative and outgoing
- resolve conflict effectively using win-win techniques
- debate to win arguments and convince others, remain calm, rational, and reasonable at all times.
In this class, games replace lectures so that students learn more actively and have numerous opportunities to participate.
More about the program and Founder Dr. Lisa Wang
SMU Summer Camp offered Think and Speak Up for 10 years. Because of the positive feedback SMU received from the campers, SMU Temerlin Advertising Institute, and Communication Studies Department started to offer Think and Speak Up workshops for their undergraduate and graduate school students.
TSUP students were chosen to be high school graduation ceremony speakers, essay writing winners, speech contest winners and Student Council leaders.
TSUP students were also chosen to be TAs for TSUP international summer camp in China.
The founder of TSUP, Dr. Lisa Wang, was interviewed by CCTV multiple times on communication and parenting skills. She is a Judge for CCTV English Speech Competition, also the author of best selling book 《我把美国教育方法带回国》（A Gift from America to Chinese Parents and Teachers ）。
At QD Academy
Contact: Judy (Yuqing) Hua
QD Academy: 4100 Legacy Drive, Plano, TX 75024
Date: August 6 - August 10
Time: 9:00 - 12:00
Students: 2nd - 5th graders
Date: August 6 - August 10
Time: 1:30 - 4:30
Students: 5th - 10th graders
I wanted to share with you that the feedback has been super positive about the Think and Speak Up Workshop. All the students found the workshop of super value and would recommend it for future cohorts. I would like to offer the same work shop every year to our second year graduate cohort.
Carrie. La Ferle, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies &Altshuler,
SMUDistinguished Teaching Professor
This program is educational. Despite the immense entertainment that comes with the class, it is even more abundant in productivity.
Brandon F, Age 12
I enjoyed the way you taught us because it was fun to learn. I just wish I could stay longer.
Naomi P. Age 11
The fun activities were helpful. You were awesome, funny and supportive! I had a blast!
Monica A. Age 11
I had no idea that I would cure my shyness but also have lots of fun in Think and Speak Up! I learned how to make an impressive speech. I also learned how to read peoples body and eye language. We
learned the proper way to stand and show gestures. I feel that I have improved a lot, but also helped me in school and places outside of the Think and Speak Up class. Ms. Lisa teaches everything we
need to know about speech in the most fun way possible.
Carolyn M., Age 11
I learned many vital things in this class. Many of the things I learned are essential for the future and will prepare Chinese Americans for the mainstream community. Every activity in this class
is interactive and exciting. Each activity is different and unique from each other. Even though the classes provide new concepts each time, Ms. Lisa always review the concepts past learned. The class
is extremely different from other classes offered by DMCLS. This class is fun and interactive, but you also learn many things. Ms. Lisa is the best teacher ever. She thinks up unique activities each
week and is entertaining. You will never be bored in her class. It is IMPOSSIBLE! Through Ms. Lisa’s meticulous teaching and efforts, I have seen my classmates and myself improve drastically. I will
most certainly recommend this class to everyone I know.
Andrew G. Age 13