Speaking English in an impressive flow of masterly combined words, in a natural way, convincing and understandable. It was a joy to be on the jury of the Regional Rounds of the Junior Speaking Contest 2019 at RSG ‘t Rijks school in Bergen op Zoom last week.
Two groups of about 10 candidates each, in two age categories. It was interesting to see the difference between the 13 and 14 year olds, many of whom use the Anglia step by step method of learning English or follow the CEFR levels. The candidates were to be judged on content and structure, the opening impact of their speech, grammatical correctness, idiomatic range and register, pace, intonation, diction, pronunciation, volume, contact with audience, use of gesture and body language.
On top of that, all candidates had to answer two questions after delivering their 3 minute speeches. The two winners, one in each category, will join the national Dutch Finale later this year.
Perhaps we can consider a similar contest for PIE Schools, from various countries, using big screens around the world. Please contact us if you are interested.