Supporting students with public speaking

Victoria Haughton
26th April 2017
secondary school, ks3, ks4, public speaking, speeches, presentations, presenting, communication, team work

Give your secondary class the tools they need to communicate effectively in speeches and presentations

Speaking publicly can be a daunting task, no matter how old you are. To help you inspire the next great orator of this generation, we've hand-picked a range of games, presentations and lessons, designed to help your pupils build the confidence they need to present with ease.

Speeches and presentations

Lead by example and give your class an overview on public speaking with this detailed presentation*. Or, get some ideas from this easily adaptable lesson plan, including handy top tips and a SWOT analysis.

Have your pupils learning from the best by studying speeches made by Martin Luther King Jr. and King George VI in this pair of speech-writing lessons, which later gets them writing their own. Alternatively, get learners to write and present a speech using this adaptable unit, offering a variety of topics to help their creative juices flow.

When it comes to presenting, why not share this well-structured bookletto help students plan and deliver their work?

Teamwork and communication

Presenting isn't always a solo affair. Have students practise working in a team and communicating with their peers using this fun speaking and listening game, in which groups describe the images shown without using the banned words listed. 

See students' inner entrepreneurs blossom with this interactive lesson, requiring them to work together to establish a business plan, before presenting it to the rest of the class for scrutiny. Or, get them to pair up and impersonate given characters in a letter-writing game encouraging clear communication, careful listening and a bit of fun. 

Build pupils' confidence in sharing ideas and making arguments through discussion with this debating-focused scheme of work. Alternatively, draw some inspiration from these critical thinking task cards* and have your class put their new-found communication skills into action.

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