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Who Should Enroll

The Harvard Model Congress Intro Course is designed for students from Secondary 3 (Grade 9, Year 10) to Secondary 6 (Grade 12, Year 13) interested in receiving training in public speaking and writing
  • For students participating in the 12th Harvard Model Congress Asia in Seoul in Jan 2016, this course will serve as pre-conference training where students will gain the relevant skills to excel at the HMCA
  • For all others, the course will be a unique opportunity to experience Harvard Model Congress live online with the Harvard Model Congress Co-President and meet other students equally passionate about international issues, public speaking and leadership

What You Learn

Upon completion of this course, students will learn to:
  1. Effectively explain, both orally and in writing, an important global policymaking concern
  2. Concisely summarize, both orally and in writing, the range of current views and proposed solutions to that policymaking concern
  3. Persuasively articulate his or her own stance on that concern, as well as the justifications for that stance
  4. Intelligently present, and rebut, criticisms to his or her own stance on the policymaking issue


This course will be taught by Neil Alacha, Co-President of Harvard Model Congress and Captain Emeritus of the Harvard Mock Trial. With extensive experience leading Model Congress conferences across Boston, San Francisco, Madrid, Hong Kong, Dubai, and Sao Paulo, Neil had chaired over 20 committee sessions including committees of the International Monetary Fund, International Criminal Court, U.N. Security Council, U.S. National Economic Council, U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. House Financial Services Committee. In addition, Neil was responsible for designing programmatic content for 20 committees, editing issue briefings for 40 committees, and training Harvard staff of over 150. He looks forward to sharing his passion in international relations and public speaking with students in Hong Kong!

Course Schedule

Oct 15 (Thu), Oct 20 (Tue), Oct 22 (Thu), Oct 27 (Tue), 8:00-9:30pm HKT

Lesson Content Assignment
Oct 15 (Thu) Lesson 1: The Principles of Effective Communication + Introduction to our Case Study
  1. Two Dominant Modes of Communication
  2. Multifaceted Communication
  3. Intro to Model Congress
  4. Intro to Technology and Innovation
Pre: Read “Innovation, Technology and the 21st Century Global Economy” by MD of the International Monetary Fund

Post: Read sample position papers on topic of innovation and technology
Oct 20 (Tue) Lesson 2: The Components of Advocacy
  1. Understanding Different Sides of an Issue
  2. Writing for Speech versus Writing for Reading
  3. Writing a Bill vs. Writing an Advocacy Speech
  4. Delivering a Speech: Things to Consider
Post: Practice delivering of the sample position paper as a speech
Oct 22 (Thu) Lesson 3: Mastery Through Practice
  1. Delivery of the position paper as a speech
  2. Roadmap of Tone, Volume, and Pace
  3. Prepare for your own persuasive speech
Post: Write your own persuasive speech
Oct 27 (Tue) Lesson 4: Delivery of the Speech
  1. Students to deliver their own written speech
  2. Reflect on the delivery
  3. Maintaining Networks
Post: Read the newspaper and stay up to date with current events!

Course is Full

Course is full. Please complete registration form to receive up-to-date info on future offerings.

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About Harvard Model Congress Asia

Harvard Model Congress Asia (HMCA) is the premium government simulation conference run by Harvard students who are passionate about international relations, government, and public speaking. HMCA simulates the real government wherein delegates assume the role of a real life member of government or a representative of a country in an international organization. The conference teaches students about government and international relations by providing insights into pressing global issues and by offering a forum to discuss possible solutions. Participating students will have the opportunity to work with Harvard University student mentors, interact with top students from other high schools across Asia and meet Harvard College scholars. Over the three-day event, conference delegates develop leadership as well as diplomatic, public speaking and negotiation skills. The 12th Harvard Model Congress Asia will be held on January 7-10, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea.

For more info on HMCA, please refer to the Harvard Model Congress Asia Guide attached or visit