Leadership

Toastmasters: Public Speaking & Debating

Students taking this course will develop and hone their oral communication and presentation skills to become effective orators!

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About this course

This course is designed to extend the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in their junior high or secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. As an extension of term one, students will acquire an entirely new set of skills related to public speaking and communication to further their growth. Notably, a major component that will be worked into each unit of this course is professional debating and argumentation. This course is intended to prepare students to exceed ministry expectations at each grade level respectively. Ministry curriculum expectations are adhered to under the four main strands: 1) Oral Communication; 2) Reading and Literature Studies; 3) Writing; and 4) Media Studies.

What you'll learn

Unit Overview:

UNIT 1: Your Body Speaks

By the end of week 4, students will:

  1. Use stance, movement, gestures, facial expressions, and eye contact to express their message and achieve their speech’s purpose.
  2. Make their body language smooth and natural.
  3. Select topics that facilitate the use of body language while online.
  4. Incorporate all ministry expectations into homework, class exercises, and summative projects.

UNIT 2: Research Your Topic

By the end of week 8, students will:

  • Collect information about your topic from numerous sources.
  • Carefully support your points and opinions with specific facts, examples, and illustrations gathered through research.
  • Incorporate MLA formatting to all assignments and summative presentations. This will include learning how to format a paper in terms of in-text citations and bibliography.
  • Analyze research to determine relevant information relating to the student’s thesis and main idea.
  • Incorporate all ministry expectations into homework, class exercises, and summative projects.

UNIT 3: Persuade with Power and Visual Aids

By the end of week 12, students will:

  • Select visual aids that are appropriate for your message and the audience.
  • Use visual aids correctly with ease and confidence
  • Persuade listeners to adopt your viewpoint or ideas or to take some action.
  • Appeal to the audience’s interests
  • Use logic and emotion to support your position.
  • Incorporate all ministry expectations into homework, class exercises, and summative projects.

UNIT 4: Inspire the Audience

By the end of the course, students will:

  • To inspire the audience by appealing to noble motives and challenging the audience to achieve a higher level of beliefs or achievement
  • Appeal to the audience’s needs and emotions, using stories, anecdotes, and quotes to add drama.
  • Avoid using notes

Materials & Homework

Resources

Textbook: Everyone Communicates Few Connect

Manual: Toastmasters Guide to Public Speaking

Students will:

  • Be punctual to class;
  • Will put forth good effort in classroom discussions, independent and group work;
  • Be respectful of all students and adults in all classrooms;
  • Be responsible for recording homework, test dates and assignments;
  • Be responsible for their own supplies;
  • Must source all researched information using MLA format;
  • Complete all assigned homework in the allotted time;
  • Exhibit a high level of academic honesty.

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Headmaster, Focus Learning

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Headmaster, Focus Learning

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