English: Debates and speeches

Develop learners’ speaking and listening skills with debates and speeches using these lessons, activities and supporting tools

Tes Resources Team

Microphone in front of a crowd; debates and speeches resources

Develop learners’ speaking and listening skills with these schemes of work, lesson plans and supporting tools

From improving speaking and listening skills to building self-esteem, learning to write persuasively and deliver arguments convincingly are essential life skills. So why not get started? We’ve picked out a few of our favourite resources shared by teachers in the Tes community to help you do exactly that.

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Exploring debates and speeches

Speech writing: Structure, style and format.
Pippa Barker

Speech writing: Structure, style and format.

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2 full lessons with worksheets and interactive activities detailing how to analyse persuasive writing, identify the features of a speech and create a well structured speech. Ideal for English Language GCSE. Suitable for HA KS3 classes and KS4. Made to fit the Edexcel English Language Speci...
Speech Writing
EnglishGCSEcouk

Speech Writing

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AQA English Language Paper 2 Question 5 lesson that uses a famous Winston Churchill speech and the contextual information around Dunkirk to help students first analyse his speech and then adapt and adopt his use of language techniques within their own speeches. A fully differentiated lesson to prepa...
KS3 Speech Writing: The Plastics Debate
shd132

KS3 Speech Writing: The Plastics Debate

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An extended lesson that follows on from this introduction to speech writing for KS3: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/an-introduction-to-speech-writing-for-ks3-12049010 This lesson can stand alone but assumes some pre-teaching of AFOREST. * A starter tasks invites learners to examine a rang...

Encouraging debates and speeches

Debating Resources for KS4: Handouts and Worksheet
mbernhardi

Debating Resources for KS4: Handouts and Worksheet

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Everything a complete novice might need - speaking order & times, student info sheet score sheets etc. I set my debates up as an inter-class competition which worked very well; particularly as it helped one of our more fractured Y10 groups to bond as a class as they all felt responsible for m...
Debating outline
Simon Motz

Debating outline

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A worksheet designed to help pupils to plan for a debate on any topic. Encourages them to think about the strongest points for / against any motion, and then to consider how to rebut each point.

Supporting debates and speeches

Persuasive Speech
Smudge78

Persuasive Speech

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Document to structure speech ideas. Students come up with the main idea and then are able to develop with relevant sub-points.
AFOREST Support Mat
DJames90

AFOREST Support Mat

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An easy to use reminder of the AFOREST technique for students. Each school has its own take on AFOREST, so if anyone wishes to have the template to insert your own school's terms or definitions, just comment below. All feedback welcome. Thanks!
Pointless: Writing to Argue Edition
TandLGuru

Pointless: Writing to Argue Edition

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Based on the popular game show 'Pointless', this resource is perfect for use as a starter activity, plenary, or revision tool. Editable, so that you can change to any other topic or change questions. Containing almost 30 slides of sound clips, engaging visuals, and suitably challenging questions, th...