How to prepare for your GCSE presentation 3 of 3

This is the last preparation session for your GCSE Speaking and Listening Presentation

By now you should have:

  • Decided on your topic
  • Thought about whether you are delivering a speech or a presentation
  • You may have started to rehearse and run through your speech

What should I do with my written speech?

Now that you have written your speech you need to condense it

  • If it is in full sentences you need to summarise what you want to say into headings and bullet points. This will act as a prompt for you.
  • Avoid reading from a powerpoint. You can use a powerpoint to help you but it must be a prompt-not the full thing written out on slides.
  • Images are really useful and students often find them useful.
  • You may consider using cards which you flip through as you are making your speech/presentation. Please limit yourself with these

Watch this video to remind yourself of the most important things to consider when speaking confidently to another person. This video is produced by another English Department and they provide us with some excellent advice for all students. Thanks to them for producing this video. Don’t worry about the references to the other videos– we have covered this in previous sessions.

In this video the teacher talks about delivering the speech in front of a class- this is unlikely in our current situation. There is no formal requirement for you to deliver a speech to a large audience. Your English teacher will talk to you about the arrangements for your assessment.

The Top 10 Tips

  1. Prepare
  2. Posture
  3. Be yourself
  4. Avoid caffeine
  5. Be positive– best case scenario
  6. Speak to other people– peer support
  7. Eye contact and hand gestures/body language
  8. Think about pauses and slowing down
  9. Think about your breathing
  10. Be calm and confident

Practice with anyone that will listen to you! Even the dog or the cat! It is useful to record yourself so that you can get used to being recorded– it really does help. Ask your family to support you- not to interrupt you but mainly to help you become used to speaking formally in front of someone else.

Your teacher will let you know a date and time for your assessment. Good luck and be confident. Believe in yourself!