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Listen up! Speak up!

Teacher Jan Foote




9-10 4 3-4 weeks


Achievement Objective Being Assessed

Learning Outcomes

Interpersonal Speaking  Talk coherently in a formal speech to classmates to communicate information, ideas and opinions, organising material effectively.


 Exploring Language  Identify and discuss language features and their effects in a written copy of a prepared speech.
 Thinking Critically  Discuss, interpret and analyse speeches, identifying some attitudes and beliefs.
 Processing Information
(Oral Language)
 Select, assemble and interpret information using appropriate technology.

Supporting Achievement Objective

Learning Outcomes

 Transactional Writing Express and explain a point of view in a formal speech, organising and linking ideas logically and making language choices appropriate to an audience of classmates.

 NCEA Link



 Achievement Standard:

 AS90058 (English 1.7): Deliver a speech in a formal situation.


Teacher background reading

Oral Language - English Exemplar Project

Teaching and learning activities

Select and adapt these learning activities to best meet the needs of your students, and to fit the time available:

Learning task 1

Learning task 2

Learning task 3


See these Assessment Resource Banks resources for assessment activities focusing on speeches for other purposes eg. 

Follow up

It became apparent that the pupils wanted to find more information both for their speeches and about Martin Luther King. However, their information skills were pretty limited and more work needs to be done in this area. Because there is so much information on Martin Luther King on the web, this lends itself to a comparative trash or treasure exercise where different websites are compared for their usefulness.

Published on: 08 Jun 2009