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<ul><li><p>INTERESTING INTRODUCTIONSA GAME FOR PUBLIC SPEAKING SPEAKERS</p><p>This activity helps students to create powerful and memorable openings for their speeches. Valuable to any students who need to deliver a speech and ideal preparation for the ESUs public speaking competition.</p><p>OBJECTIVES</p><p> To develop a strong, engaging opening to a speech</p><p> To learn the value of different styles of openings</p><p> To think about the non-verbal side of engaging an audience</p><p> To give the chance to their peer group of giving constructive feedback to the speaker</p><p>TASKIntroduce the concept of speech-making and the importance of grabbing the audiences attention.</p><p>Discuss how this may be done what examples can the students think of? Alternatively, watch the beginning of some speeches on the internet. E.g. Martin Luther King, I have a dreamSevern Suzuki speaking at UN Earth Summit 1992Malala Yusufzai, speech at UN 2013</p><p>Write on the board some clear ideas from the discussion:E.g.: a specific fact, a poignant/comic story, a bold sweeping conceptAs an example for the class, choose a simple, bland statement that could open a speech, e.g.This speech is about the issue of pollution.This speech is about my favourite animal, the cat.</p><p>Now ask the students to suggest how it could be made more interesting. </p><p>In pairs or small groups work on the words and imagery that would make the opening more effective.Next work on the words, length of phrase/sentence and the rhetoric one could use.Finally work on stance, gestures and eye-contact while delivering this new, improved opening.</p><p>OVERVIEW</p></li><li><p>Ask students to share ideas and good approaches with the class at each stage.Now ask the students to choose an everyday object: big, small, common or rare, domestic or exotic.</p><p>Explain that, no matter how humdrum their object is, they must make it interesting to their audience.Give the students 5 minutes to work on their openings (which should last no more than 1 minute.)</p><p>Divide the class into groups of 4 or 5 and have them deliver their speeches in turn.</p><p>The rest of their group (the audience) then have to discuss and find 3 pieces of feedback to give to the speaker; 2 things they liked and 1 suggestion for improvement.</p><p>If time allows, get them to repeat the opening but to continue into a 2 minute impromptu speech.</p><p>Variation: The theme of objects may be substituted with themes of countries, activities, hobbies, or even abstract concepts</p><p>Slide Number 1Slide Number 2</p></li></ul>


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