Each year, students at our school take part in a mandatory speech contest in which they produce a speech no longer than 2-minutes and present it to their parents and peers.
Though it is a great chance for students to practice their speaking and develop confidence, practicing and feedback prior to speech day typically take up a lot of instruction time and can be a source of stress for both students and teachers.
This year, in order to alleviate some of the pressure caused by time lost to speech practice, students will submit a digital audio recording of their speech in place of one or more of our practice sessions in class. I will provide feedback on pronunciation issues and give advice on intonation and inflection. For struggling students, I'll create an audio recording of their speech and provide it to them to help them further practice their speech.
Included below is an example of a speech recording that a student might submit for assessment:
Matthew Boomhower is a mid-career educator with 18 years of classroom teaching and educational leadership experience. He is Head of Innovation & Learning at an international school in Malaysia and is a proud husband and father.