Sample Judging CriteriaEdit

Phonetically Viewed (10 points)Edit

  • Pronunciation: Is each word clear?
  • Volume: Can you hear well?
  • Intonation: Does the expression vary? Can you hear the rise and fall in the pitch in their voice?
  • Pace: Is the rhythm, speed and momentum maintained?

Content (10 points)Edit

  • What is the quality of their subject matter?
    • Did you want to keep listening?
    • Did you learn something?
    • Did it motivate you?
  • What is the quality of their choice of wording?
  • Is the speech clearly organised?

Expression (10 points)Edit

  • Is there good use of eye contact?
  • Does the speaker appear relaxed and confident?
  • Is there affective use of emotion (e.g. humor, anger, sadness)?
  • Does the speaker hold the attention of the audience?
  • Is the speech memorised?
    • No Penalty: quickly checking the paper a few times for reference.
    • Minor Penalty: Exceeding 5 minute time frame will result in a penalty.
    • Minor Penalty: Excessively checking their paper will result in a penalty (referencing paper more than 4 or 5 times).
    • Minor Penalty: Extended periods of checking will result in a penalty (staring at the paper for a long time).
    • Major Penalty: Directly reading their speech will result in a penalty.

The severity of each penalty is left to the discretion of each individual judge

Tips for coaching studentsEdit

  • Show them you tube videos of winning entries. It will amaze you too.
  • Make the speeches shorter rather than longer.

Teaching the whole classEdit

Before the students who are going to participate in the speech contest are chosen, students may be given a chance to show interest or practice. In this case, give students a pre-made speech to practice and deliver. It is best if you have a recording of it, so they can get an idea of the colour. Use a famous part from a speech, like the Yes we can speech. Alternatively, you could use a spoken word song, such as the sunscreen song.

External LinksEdit

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