Oral Communication Assessments
Dates: [Currently being confirmed with Speech NZ]
19th and 20th September @ Kirstin School
26th and 27th September @ Kristin School
28th-29th September @ Greenhithe
About: The Speech New Zealand Oral Communication syllabus encourages students to understand, respond to, and use English in a variety of contexts. Students will learn to use verbal and non-verbal language appropriate for communication, while building a sense of confidence and achievement in their English language skills.
Students attend the assessment in pairs or individually. The adjudicator starts by building rapport with the students and talking to them. They will then ask them to do their poem. After they finish their poem they will then do their talks individually. At the end of their talks they will be asked a question and encouraged to talk with the adjudicator.
- Students receive a marking sheet with comments from the adjudicator.
- Students are awarded a badge and certificate.
- Students have a small project to rehearse and develop their skills with feedback from their teacher and family.
- Students memorise the poem -parent support required
- Students memorise the structure of the talk -parent support required
- Students practice answering questions
- Ten Feet Tall will prepare students in group classes and offers individual classes if required.
- Please note, it is expected that parents will practise with their children, near the assessment.
Year 1 Assessment Information from Speech NZ:
Year 3 Assessment Information from Speech NZ:
How to Rehearse for the Assessment
All the work below will be done in class. The below guide is for parents who may choose to help their child at home. Please note - poems can become lifeless if over practised. Children do not need to practise more than 1-2 times a week to recite a poem well.
Term 3 Week 1-5
- What do all the words in the poem mean? Underline the verbs and adjectives.
- Memorise the poem including the punctuation. Students will have specific lines to learn see information sheet below.
- Pause 1 beat for a comma, 2 beats for a full stop, exclamation mark or question mark.
- Practise making the words sound like they mean. Verbs and adjectives should have voice and face expression where appropriate.
- Practise saying the words clearly -can you make your consonants crisp and clear?
Term 3 Week 5-9
- Video yourself and see if it is slow enough to hear every word.
- Practise 3-4 actions only, for the whole poem. Your teacher will help your group with these.
- Can you develop your facial expressions to show the moods and feelings in the poem.
- Stand at the end of the hall and say the poem to your family - can they hear you?
- When you are not speaking practise standing still and waiting for your partner.
Talks are extempore which means we plan the structure and then speak in our own words. Read more about Extempore Speaking here. Students will stand next to a board with their keywords next to them. They will point to their object or demonstrate with it. The object will sit on a table if needed. Larger objects - the student may have photos on their board.
The talk does not need to sound perfectly fluent. Students will do well if it is in their own words. The below schedule will helps students to practice their talk without over rehearsing it. Students should not be saying it every day until 3-5 days prior to the assessment. The talk should not be longer than 2 minutes.
Day one - make your beginning sound strong, loud and confident
Day two - practise point one -can you extend it to 30 seconds? Give your idea and an example or tell a story about what happened. What more can you add?
Day three - practise point two -can you extend it to 30 seconds? Give your idea and an example or tell a story about what happened. What more can you add?
Day four -practise point three -can you extend it to 30 seconds? Give your idea and an example or tell a story about what happened. What more can you add?
Day five -practise the end -make sure you sound confident.
Day six - can you remember your whole talk?
Day seven - take a video and check - are you looking at the audience and also pointing to your photo? Remember to say it differently each time.
Day eight -take a video and check - do you have a big voice? Remember to say it differently each time.
Day nine -take a video are you standing tall and still? Remember to say it differently each time.
Day ten - take a video - what are all the good things you are doing? what can you improve? Send your video to your teacher for feedback.
The adjudicator will ask your child questions about their talk. Parents can ask students about their objects and encourage students to:
- Make eye contact
- Speak in a loud voice
- Answer in full sentences
- Add ideas, stories and information