To help our teachers prepare their students for the Poetry Recitation Festival, we invited them to attend our annual teacher development workshop led by English language expert, Jennifer Haugh.
ESU Team structure and requisites:
A debate has two teams: an Affirmative (Proposition Team) and a Negative (Opposition Team). Each side consists of three speakers. The First Proposition speaker begins the debate and is then followed by the First Opposition speaker. This pattern is maintained for the second and third speakers of each team. The fourth speaker is a selected person from the team that will summarize their case. Each speaker speaks for a set time, with a warning bell, to give them a little time, to sum up and finish, then a final bell.
Throughout the school year, each school forms its debate team members that meet regularly to practice debate techniques and research contemporary proposition topics. Friendly debate matches with interested schools are organized on Saturday mornings. These are meant to be an opportunity for students to practice their debate format and presentation skills. Typically, throughout the months of October and November, an ESU Debate Tournament is organized with interested schools on Saturday mornings. The final rounds are elimination matches that determine that year’s winning team.
It’s widely acknowledged that, for many of us, public speaking is right at the top of the list of things we fear most. But it doesn’t need to be like this. Above, you can watch impressionist, comedian and former ESU Public Speaking Competition winner Rory Bremner share his top tips; while we add a few of our own, below.
Public speaking is an essential skill that students will need in both their academic and professional lives. Participating in the Public Speaking Competition helps students to structure their thoughts and ideas, while communicating with confidence.
Every year, the competition brings together the best young speakers from across the country, with the winner going on to represent Chile at the International Public Speaking Competition in London. During the competition, students must prepare and deliver a speech based on a theme that is provided by ESU UK. The best 8 speakers then deliver an impromptu speech in a true test of their public speaking skills.
Now in its 16th version, the Public Speaking Competition is one of ESU Chile’s flagship events and involves over 60 students from nearly 30 schools.
HOW TO TAKE PART
This year, 2021, the competition will be held virtually. The Chilean competition is scheduled for Semi-finals on Thursday 29th, April and Finals on April 30th.
Our Chilean winner will attend “The International Public Speaking Competition” scheduled on May 10th – 14th , 2021.
To participate in the 2021 Public Speaking Competition you need to register your school.
The theme for this year’s competition is “The world is bigger and smaller than it’s ever been”.