Writing a text meant to be delivered as a speech to a live audience Situational Writing Term 3 Week 3-4.2011 St. Hilda’s Secondary School SECONDARY THREE NORMAL ACADEMIC.2011 at St. Hilda’s Secondary School by Yeo Yam Hwee
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 and may be repeated at another time and place as long as the purposes are still timely and relevant.
There are many skills involved in giving a public speech. Clearly a written script is usually needed for public speaking. This being the case, special care is needed for us to craft our speech so that we are comfortable with ourselves and confident of what we are going to say to the our target audience.
The key to writing good speeches lies in using a theme. If you always refer back to this theme, the audience will respond positively and remember your words. This means that inspirational quotes, anecdotes and jokes should be integrated into your speech in a way that makes sense.
Why only one idea? Mainly because if you reinforce a single point instead of focusing on entirely different ideas, your audience will have a greater tendency to remember it. A speech does not lend itself to having many themes. Stick with one really good theme, and use each point you make, your theme reinforcers, to bring that idea home.
Remember, you only have two - three minutes for your speech!
SPEECH: NIGHT STUDY PROGRAMME AT SHSS POST-MORTEM 1189 Sec 4NA Preliminary P1 2009
You are giving a speech in the next hall assembly to persuade and convince your principal and teachers to implement a night study programme which will include allowing students to make use of the classrooms and related school facilities at night in preparation for major school or national examinations.
All speeches have a structure. In order to make any sense, you need to have that structure. Do not rely on PASSION or SENSE OF MISSION to speak to your audience. Sell your message to your listeners if you care at all about your message and your listeners.
PURPOSE REPETITION OF PURPOSE WRAPPING UP EXPLANATION / ARGUMENT ELABORATION / EVIDENCE THE SIMPLIFIED VERSION OF THE STRUCTURE OF YOUR SPEECH GREETINGS & INTRODUCTION
HOW DO R. A. P. F. FIT INTO THE HAMBURGER STRUCTURE WHAT IS MY ROLE AS THE SPEAKER? R WHO IS MY AUDIENCE? FORM = SPEECH - Take note: All speeches are formal. Even classroom speeches because it is usually an appointed leader speaking to his or her classmates. F A WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF MY SPEECH? P
You may also include any other relevant ideas. Write in an appropriate tone using clear and accurate English, bearing in mind that your principal, teachers and schoolmates will be present to listen to you.
Good morning, Mr. Khoo, teachers and fellow Hildans. I am Colin Giam from Secondary 3D. I am honoured to be given this opportunity to address you because I have something important which I would like you to think and hopefully act together with me.
I am standing on the stage in the school hall today because I strongly believe in the need for our school to begin some form of a night study programme for students like you and me to make use of the classrooms and related school facilities at night so that we can more effectively prepare ourselves for any major school or national examinations such as the N and the O level examinations. The majority of our student population lives in housing estates. We do not have a conducive environment at night to revise our school work. If we could just be allowed to use some areas of the school at night, it would be a great help to us.
How would my request affect the school? I think in some ways but I would like to appeal to our teachers that studying at night here would be really effective. I know our teachers are really holding revision classes in small groups. If we have night study, I think you would all agree that time is likely to be even more effectively spent since we can concentrate better. So I am appealing to our teachers to consider conducting their revision classes at night instead of the current practice.
I wish to say that when students return to study in school at night, we would only be making use of the canteen and the classrooms on the ground floor of the new block. I am proposing that students who sign up for the programme stay on from 7p.m. to 10p.m, nightly, excluding the weekends.
I am also aware of the need for rules and regulations to be in place if the school management agrees to implement the night study programme. For a start, I would like to call upon all Hildans or better yet, our student leaders to help us come up with a feasible set of rules. This programme is meant for all of us so we should not allow any student to misuse or abuse it once it is implemented.
I feel strongly that the graduating students who are going to sit the forthcoming N and O level examinations should be given the priority to come back to school for night study. As such, I would strongly urge the school authority to allow us to study in school during the night time a month or two before major national examinations begin. This will greatly benefit our graduating classes. I also believe that the teachers will also be able to meet their students to help them revise for the examinations more effectively. So Hildans, I truly need you to support this night study programme. Not everybody needs to come back but for those who do, our school is the best place for it, don’t you think?
I want to thank Mr. Khoo, teachers and all fellow Hildans for listening to my request. I think I am speaking up for many, many of us here and I wish the school management would help us make this night study programme a reality. It is for the good of all the students and what is good for us will also be good for our school as a whole. I hope it would be soon that we hear a positive response from Mr. Khoo and our teachers to let us go ahead with the programme. With that, I thank you all.