TED-Style Public Speaking

In this course, students will research, write and deliver their own TED Talk speeches. Students will be able to participate in speech competitions at the high school or university level. Students will build a solid foundation in oral expression and learn how to express themselves confidently and clearly in English.

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Tutor Intro

Teacher K — Speech and Debate Expert

  • The teacher has served in American and International Schools for many years. She is teaching subjects related to English speech and English literature, while being the advisor for the school’s English club, while being the advisor for the school’s English club
  • She has experience teaching for 11 years in China, South Korea, the United States, and the UAE. She has a wealth of teaching experience for international students from different backgrounds and levels around the globe;
  • She has a Master’s degree in K-12 teaching and organization management, and obtained international TEFL certification;
  • Having been to more than 40 countries, she never gives up learning and trying new things, she is a confident and creative teacher, passionate about inspiring students. Through her curriculum, she hopes to encourage students to persevere in facing challenges and realize their dreams.
Class Intro

Students learn to become better public speakers through learning theory and applying the theory into practice. The teacher will teach a variety of communication methods, instruct students to adapt to the speech according to the audience and information, accurately support their ideas, and learn to select and organize speech materials. 

The topic of the TED Talk will run through the entire course. Students will research, write and publish their own TED Talk speeches. At the end of the course, students can participate in competitions at the high school or university level and apply for high schools, and universities in the United States using this portfolio piece.

Outcome
  • Demonstrate different elements of speech.
  • Accurately determine the credibility of online sources
  • Correctly and creatively utilize technology for different speech presentations and types.
  • Develop speeches with differentiation based on audience, length, and topic.
  • Develop speeches that are persuasive in nature
  • Develop speeches that utilize current and historical data
  • Integrate questioning
  • Analyze speeches considered “great works”
  • Develop critical thinking skills in a spontaneous/ limited preparation setting
Course Content

Lessons

Topics

1

Spontaneous speech:

What is public speaking?

Rhetorical type learning

2

Spontaneous speech:

Different elements of persuasion

Monroe’s Motivational Sequence

3

How to turn enthusiasm into speech content?

Understand and choose the theme you like

TED speech analysis learning

4

How to turn enthusiasm into speech content?

Understand and choose the theme you like

TED speech analysis learning

5

Speech topic introduction

How to write a speech

Speech background research

6

Speech topic introduction

How to write a speech

Speech background research

7

Speech writing

Speech conclusion writing learning

Movement and body language

8

How to memorize and summarize speeches

9

Practice speech

Final speech

Classwork includes:

  • Introductory speech: students will give a 1-2 minute speech;

  • Voice, video, and text analysis of persuasive speeches: Students will choose persuasive speeches and analyze the following content: content, handouts, tone,  persuasiveness, oral and non-verbal questions, 3-5 minutes;

  • Spontaneous speech activities: Students will participate in speech activities on topics in the classroom

  • Final project: This final project will run throughout the entire course. Students will research, write and deliver their own speeches, with the purpose of creating speech works that students can later participate in competitions at the high school or university level.

Students

Students currently in Grades 7-11, have a foundation in English speech, and desire to improve their public speaking skills. 

Feedback

After each class, the teacher will send course feedback, including course topics, homework and student progress.

Schedule

A total of 13.5 hours of classes.

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