KEY STAGE 3: SPOKEN ENGLISH
- Clear, easy-to-read chapters, outlining different ways to improve your communication skills;
- Speaking activities, role plays and scenarios to help your child improve their spoken English;
- Plenty of advice, practice questions and activities to teach your child in a fun and interactive way;
- Details on spoken English and how it is relevant to the English subject and the wider context;
- How to improvise, rehearse, perform and verbally communicate using a variety of speaking techniques.
Key Stage 3 English Is Easy – Spoken English
Every state-funded school is required to follow a set curriculum of ‘core’ subjects. These core subjects are considered by the government as subjects which provide knowledge and skills that are essential for creating well-rounded and educated citizens.
In Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14), the core subjects that must be taught in schools include the following:
- Art and Design
- Design and Technology
- Physical Education
All schools, Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 4, must also teach Religious Studies to their students; and from the age of 11, children will also be taught Sex Education. However, parents are given the option of pulling their children out from Religious Studies and Sex Education.
Not only is written communication an important aspect of the English Language, but the ability to speak fluent English is just as vital.
Spoken English is used every day, in a range of different contexts. Developing a person’s speaking skills will allow for well-rounded citizens who have the ability to communicate effectively.
Speaking skills allow students to become more confident at speaking out loud, and to engage with the English Language competently.
In Key Stage 3, the English subject focuses on four main ‘disciplines’:
- Grammar and Vocabulary;
- Spoken English.
The aforementioned disciplines are all used in order to teach students vital skills for both academia and the outside world.
This guide focuses specifically on Key Stage 3 English (Spoken English).This book will focus on the basics that every child will need to know, to ensure top marks across the English subject.
FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING
Alongside their studies, students are also being assessed on their speaking abilities and how well they can communicate with other people.
Public speaking is a key component to the English subject, and students will be assessed in how well they can articulate themselves vocally.
It is common for speaking in public to be a fear for most people, adults included! It is important, from a young age, that these skills are enhanced for future preparation. Ultimately, this will improve confidence.
SIGNS OF NERVES
Not everyone loves speaking out loud! Especially for young people, some people find it hard to find their voice.
Unless they’re speaking to close friends or family, some people are really shy when it comes to talking in public.
Here are a few signs to look out for which suggest a person is nervous:
Spoken English Exercises
Stand in front of a mirror. Without speaking, look at how you present yourself. Remember, a key thing to spoken English is your presentation skills.
When looking in the mirror, focus on the following areas:
- Hand gestures
- Facial expressions
- Body posture
- Eye contact
Keep practising your presentation skills until you feel confident in your presenting skills. It is not only your language people will pay attention to, but the way you look.
Below is The Queen’s first speech in 1940. Read through her speech and then practise saying it out loud.
Practise the following:
- Hand gestures
- Facial expressions
- Tone of voice
- Body posture
- Eye contact
Begin by practising in front of a mirror. You could even attempt to video record yourself to see what your presentation skills look like. If you feel confident, try practising in front of friends and family.
THE QUEEEN’S SPEECH 1940
In wishing you all ‘good evening’ I feel that I am speaking to friends and companions who have shared with my sister and myself many a happy Children’s Hour.
Thousands of you in this country have had to leave your homes and be separated from your fathers and mothers. My sister Margaret Rose and I feel so much for you as we know from experience what it means to be away from those we love most of all.
To you, living in new surroundings, we send a message of true sympathy and at the same time we would like to thank the kind people who have welcomed you to their homes in the country.
This is a role play exercise. You will need someone to help you practise your speaking skills.
|You are a shop assistant in a shoe shop. A customer comes in. You notice that he is angry and storms to you, shouting and waving a box around.
Your task is to create a role play.
The opening line of your role play helper will be ‘I am not satisfied with my purchase!’
For this exercise, imagine the following:
This is a creative exercise that allows you to make up your own response. After the role play actor has said the line above, you need to continue the conversation and handle the situation.
Focus on the following when responding to the actor:
- Consider the language you should use. Remember, you are a shop assistant and therefore you need to remain professional.
- The role play actor could say anything, and therefore you need to be prepared to handle the situation.
- Consider your tone, actions and language.
Not only does this exercise improve your speaking skills, but it also allows you to improve your skills in dealing with pressurised and possibly confrontational situations. This will no doubt improve your confidence.
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