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Ministry of Education.

Speech making

TEACHER Elaine Herbert





7 3-4 8 weeks


Achievement Objective Being Assessed

Learning Outcomes

Interpersonal Speaking  Students will present a speech that holds the interest of their audience using using appropriate pauses, gesture, props, and varying pitch and pace. The material presented will have clear meaning and continuity, and because the material will be carefully practised eye contact with audience will be maintained.
Transactional Writing Students will write confidently, organising and linking ideas logically and making language choices appropriate to the audience according to the "Hamburger" format.


 Listening and Speaking:
Exploring Language
Students will confidently present a speech to their class that shows use of effective speaking techniques, clear organisation of material, and holds the interest of their audience. They will also record, deliver, and then speak in an impromptu manner, a "mini" one minute speech.


Teacher Background Reading


 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


  1. In table topic assessment (see #8), the evaluator will have specific, previously agreed upon, points to evaluate. These are recorded and show development of achievement objective success in the oral function.
  2. Some of the written material in activity 5 and 6 is evaluated formally (on criteria sheets) by both pupil and teacher.
  3. Prepared speech is written and submitted for assessment by teacher.
  4. Prepared speech is evaluated by pupils and teacher using agreed criteria.
  5. As a school we assess using Essential Skills, in terms of the Achievement Objectives on a five point written criteria:

    Essential Skill - Communication
    Subject Definition - "Identify and discuss language features and their effects; use these features in speaking; and adapt them to the topic, purpose and audience."

     1. Attempts to give a speech to an audience.
     2. Prepares a speech and attempts to deliver it.
     3. Presents a prepared speech confidently, using cue cards.
     4. Presents a well researched, well structured speech confidently.
     5. As for (4) including strong audience appeal.

    Essential Skill - Information
    "Organise, analyse, synthesise and use information."

     1. Attempts to write a speech but is incomplete.
     2. Writes a speech with a beginning, middle and end.
     3. As for (2) with evidence of research.
     4. Researched a topic, attempted to edit and rework text, conveying ideas logically.
     5. Has researched the topic thoroughly, organising and linking ideas logically to express ideas appropriate to the audience.

    Essential Skill - Social and Co-operative
    "Take responsibility as a member of a group for jointly decided actions and decisions."

     1. Takes part only when called upon.
     2. Occasionally generates ideas and follows through with actions for joint decisions.
     3. Frequently generates ideas and follows through with actions for joint decisions.
     4. For (3) but also uses the group decisions to assess self and others.
     5. Pro-actively assesses self and others along joint decisions, getting optimum advancement from group decisions.



  • Murphy, Sally. (1997) Speak Out. Ready-Ed Publications
    Stuttard, Marie. (1994) Power of Speech. David Bateman Ltd


Published on: 08 Apr 2009