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Public Speaking &Listening through debate. Jennifer McMullian Maria Torres Heather Walmsley. Today’s Agenda. Introduction to the lesson plan The importance of public speaking Intro to activity (debate) with modeling Debate Lesson conclusion. Why practice public speaking?.

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public speaking listening through debate

Public Speaking &Listening through debate

Jennifer McMullian

Maria Torres

Heather Walmsley

today s agenda
Today’s Agenda
  • Introduction to the lesson plan
  • The importance of public speaking
  • Intro to activity (debate) with modeling
  • Debate
  • Lesson conclusion
why practice public speaking
Why practice public speaking?
  • “Speaking well is essential to our social and professional success. Students must learn how to speak successfully for job interviews and communicate effectively in the workplace as well within their relationships” (Burke 222-3)
  • Can you think of any other opportunities where you might need to utilize your public speaking abilities? What about listening?
how to get started helpful questions to ask yourself
How to Get Started: Helpful Questions to Ask Yourself
  • Who is your audience?
  • What is the purpose of your presentation or speech?
  • What does your audience know about this subject already?
  • How can you best establish your credibility for this situation?

(Burke 224-225)

class debate
Class debate
  • For our class, the audience will be your peers, specifically the students on the opposing side of the debate.
  • The purpose of your presentation will be to persuade the opposite side that your argument if the most valid.
  • As for prior knowledge, assume that everyone in the class has previously read The House on Mango Street.
  • To establish your credibility, discuss specific examples from the text to support your argument.
what to do when speaking
What to Do When Speaking
  • 1. Introduce yourself.
  • 2. Pose your argument (I believe ____ because…)
  • 3. Use specific examples from the text and/or your experiences to support your argument.
  • Make sure to be respectful of your peers by remaining quiet when others are speaking, listening carefully to what they have to say, and rebutting in a respectful manner.
  • Checklist Rubric for ESOL students

Students are not required to speak if they are at preproduction and speech emergence levels. Otherwise, students are required to do the following:

  • Maintain eye contact with audience
  • Speak loudly and clearly
  • Statement should pertain to the topic
  • Statement should be in the form of a complete sentence
  • Student uses appropriate body language

Students should also participate in the organization of ideas simply by:

  • o Listening to others ideas
  • o (if possible) Contribute their own ideas
model debate
Model Debate
  • Question:

In the story, Esperanza is aware of a neighbor who is physically abused and yet Esperanza decides to do nothing. Explain why this decision had a positive/negative effect on the person she later became.

class debate1
Class Debate
  • Question: In the story, Esperanza shared a bicycle with two other girls on her street. Explain why this was a positive/negative experience in Esperanza’s life.
  • Remember:
  • 1. Introduce yourself.
  • 2. Present your argument
  • 3. Support your argument with detail from the text and/or your life experiences as support.
  • Everyone must contribute, so speak up!
why is public speaking important in the classroom
Why is public speaking important in the classroom?
  • In the real world, students will speak far more than they will ever write.
  • Speaking and listening skills are important for job interviews, presentations at work, or even better relationship communication.
  • Students will become more comfortable and confident in their speaking abilities, which will help them seem more at ease in public speaking situations.
  • For teachers, speech provides a paperless means of communicating information, thus decreasing the teacher’s paper load.
  • --Burke 223
how did we do
How did we do?
  • Class reflection
  • Thank you!
  • All information for this presentation has been taken from:

Burke, Jim. The English Teacher's Companion. Third Edition. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2008. Print