February 15, 2018

JET Teacher Laurence's monthly Post!

Hello everyone,

JET Teacher Laurence here.

It is no secret that speaking is becoming a bigger part of English education in Japan. Here at Seiritsu Gakuen, we think it is important for students to learn how to speak in front of a group. As such, we have speech presentations classes often.

For Japanese students, it can be very scary to give a speech in front of the class, especially in English.

Today I want to write about the tips we give students to make things easier. Please feel free to use them!

Learning the speech

1. After you finish writing your speech…write it again! Copying your speech several times will help you remember it.

2. Record your speech using a mobile device. Then, listen to your voice. You can use this method to practice saying difficult words and memorize your speech.

3. Practice with a friend or a family member. With them, you can get used to speaking in front of someone . They can also give you hints if you forget some words.

4. Practice often. Trying to learn your speech the day before the class can be very difficult. If you practice for a few minutes every day, it becomes much easier!

Presenting the speech

1. Don’t touch your clothes or your hair. You look great!

2. Don’t 'dance' (moving often from left to right)

3. Try to look at one point at the back of the room (like the air con or lockers) or move your eyes around the class.

4. Make sure you don’t speak too quietly. People sitting at the back need to hear you too!

5. Breathe. Breathe well before your speech and use the punctuation marks (periods, commas) to take a breath during your speech.

6. No “むり”, no “できない”. Give it your best shot! You can do it!

When it comes to making a speech, practice is the most important! The more you practice, the better you will be!




about Seiritsu

Seiritsu Gakuen is a private co-educational high school created in 1925 and it is located in Tokyo, Japan.

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