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Paul Sparks, Sino-Canadian International College, Guangxi University, Nanning.

Lesson Plans for "Watch, Listen & Speak", Semester 2



Listening & Speaking, In Class Speaking Test

Guidelines: Imagine that the year is now 2050 and you are now almost seventy years old. For this test you are required to plan a speech to be given to an audience at your 70th birthday party. The speech will look back over your life, including details about your personal and professional accomplishments and contributions to the world during your lifetime.

The speech should be written and rehearsed before the test, for maximum marks you should speak naturally, so don't memorise every word of your speech, just have a general outline of what you will say. You should speak for a minimum of 5 minutes, you can refer to notes, but you shouldn't read the speech. Your notes should not exceed 100 words. You can also use props if required (pictures etc).

Students must correctly use specific vocabulary such as names of professions, correct sentence structure should be used throughout, and the speech should use the correct tense when focusing on the past.

Marking Scheme:

Pronunciation & Fluency (20%): You pronounce each word correctly, avoid too much slang, except to make a point, and not slur the words.

Speed, Pitch & Volume (20%): Avoid a monotone speech, use suitable volume and pitch (highs and lows of the voice).

Professionalism & Body Language (20%): No sagging shoulders, arms or legs crossed etc. Acts professional if mistakes are made.

Preparation, Imagination & Content (20%): Well prepared, interesting & informative.

Answering Questions (20%): Opinions with reasons etc.





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