Tippecanoe School Corporation


7th Grade Takes the Stage
7th Grade Takes the Stage

Beginning January 25, seventh grade language arts students are taking over the classroom!

Your child will be delivering a five to seven-minute long informative speech – complete with digital visual aids – and the topic choice is wide open. Students have a chance to teach the class about anything they find interesting.

Why engage in public speaking? Why spend the month of January researching and creating a presentation to be delivered in a public setting? Why even practice public speaking?

1. You're likely to need the experience it offers.

A survey by the National Association of College and Employers found that the ability to communicate effectively is the quality employers most want to see in new recruits. Regardless of the career, you're bound to find yourself in situations where you'll need to give an oral presentation.

2. It will help you ace your other classes.

The skills you'll learn from public speaking help you succeed in the academic world. Many high school and college classes will require some sort of presentation. Why not go ahead and discover how to make your presentations interesting, informative, and entertaining?

3. It will help you be a better listener.

Listening may be a lost art, but a public speaking course actually teaches you to become a better listener. In the class you'll hear several different kinds of speeches about a wide variety of topics from people who may be very different from you, which can be a beautiful thing.

4. It encourages you to voice your ideas and take advantage of the influence you have.

You'll hardly ever have a better opportunity to speak to a captive audience about what really matters to you. You'll get a chance to influence your peers. You won't change the world with every speech, but you can easily impact someone in some small way. Then, you can continue to speak up and make a difference in other areas of your life.

5. It teaches you to overcome fear.

A public speaking course is almost guaranteed to build your confidence. You'll learn to stand before a group of people, make a lot of eye contact, and engage them with conviction. While the nervousness that comes with speaking in front of a crowd won't entirely disappear, practicing will teach you how to deal with your fears and turn your weakness into strength.

Massengale, J. (2014, September 02). 5 reasons everyone should take a public speaking course. Retrieved January 6, 2018, from http://college.usatoday.com/2014/01/16/5-reasons-e...