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

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



Listening & Speaking, Persuasive Speaking Test


Guidelines: This test is designed to assess your ability to use persuasive speaking techniques. You should refer to the lesson handouts and lesson notes from week 13 and 14 lessons when planning and delivering your speech.

Choose a short statement (E.G. "It is a woman's job to clean the house") or a situation (E.G. Your friend wants you to go to a party). The goal of this speech is to change someone's mind or way of thinking about a topic.

Using your statement or situation, write notes or ideas to persuade someone that you are right or that someone should do what you want them to do. You have one week to prepare. Just write a general outline of what you will say, you can refer to notes, but you shouldn't read. Students will then have between 3 and 5 minutes to persuade someone to agree with them (no less than 3 minutes). While you are speaking the rest of the students will take notes for feedback.

Assessment: Marking Scheme:

Body language - 10%
Articulation - 10%
Pronunciation - 10%
Pitch - 10%
Speed - 10%
Pauses - 10%
Volume - 10%
Quality - 10%
Variance - 10%
Class Feedback - 10%

The Class Reaction (feedback): You have two major criteria to consider after each student speaks:

1. The delivery: Were the speaker's body, words, and actions appropriate? Did one support the other or was there tension between the body and the voice?

2. Were you persuaded? Why or why not?





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