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Speak Out

A speaking and debating course for 10-12 year old students

Speak Out by Sally Murphy
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SPEAK OUT is a public speaking course aimed at 10 to 12 year old students.

The book’s aims are twofold -

For Teachers

To provide a range of speech-based activities which can be integrated across the curriculum.

For Students

To provide varied opportunities for verbal expression in a non-threatening environment and so improve confidence in public speaking.

In today’s world successful people are, by necessity, successful speakers. Every adult must be able to speak clearly and confidently in a range of situations, from large gatherings to business meetings. Even those applying for the most menial jobs must be able to perform well at job interviews, and in personal matters every individual must be able to state a case clearly and ensure his/her rights are not infringed. Yet few students leave school equipped with such skills. One reason for this is that students learn to fear these situations at an early age. Another reason is that teachers find it difficult to create opportunities for practicing and developing public speaking skills. Every teacher knows the reaction s/he will get following a directive to "prepare a three minute speech on...".

This book attempts to alleviate these problems by providing activities which are fun and stress-free for students, yet which develop effective speech skills.

Ready-Ed Publications; June 1997
44 pages; ISBN 9781863971362
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Title: Speak Out
Author: Sally Murphy; Rod Jefferson

An Informative Speech - Background Information

In an informative speech you attempt to inform your audience about your topic. You want them to know something at the end of your speech that they didn’t know at the beginning. To make sure your audience does learn something, you need to make sure that they listen. You can do this in two ways:

A. By making what you say interesting and easy to understand.

B. By speaking in a way that gains their attention - with clear, varied voice,
eye contact, expression, and gesture.

To write your speech you need to follow these steps:

1. Choose a topic. Be careful - a topic like ‘Aeroplanes’ or ‘Bees’ is too general
and may be boring. A better choice might be ‘How an Aeroplane Works’ or
‘How Bees Make Honey’. Try to choose a topic that really interests you -
perhaps your favorite sport or animal, or something interesting you have
learned. Remember, you need to get other people interested too.

Write down your topic here: _________________________

2. Work out what you want to say. What is it exactly that you want your audience
to know by the end of your speech? Try not to include unnecessary
information.3. Use the back of this page to write your speech. Make sure it has a beginning,
middle and end and includes the points you noted in Step 2. Learn as much
of your speech as possible - if you simply read it, you will find it hard to get
the attention of your audience.