Aside from teaching classes at my senior high school in Japan, one of my biggest roles is preparing students for English language speech contests and debate contests. I’ve had 5 years experience of doing this now and like to think I know one or two things about it. So I thought I’d share some ideas with you and hopefully it will help some of you teachers and your students a little further down the line. This guide is catered more towards Japanese senior high schools, but I think a lot of the information is universal.Stress the importance of these to students at the SHS level (tears and celebrations if they win, tears if they lose – tears will flow no matter how your students do!) Also the importance of contests to the school cannot be underestimated (i.e. expectations placed by teachers & principal on you. Being told that you are expected to make your students succeed). I remember I was once told by an incoming principal that he expected me to give the students the knowledge and ability so they can win the forthcoming debate contest.Writing a speechDon’t write your students’ speeches for them. It has been known to happen… Read full this story
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