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How to Improve Your Child’s Public Speaking Skills

Having the confidence to speak in front of a group of people is a challenging task for most people. It is, however, even more difficult for English language learners because they are also speaking in another language. Studies have shown that there are several benefits to giving students an opportunity to present an idea to others in a positive and safe classroom setting. Presentations help students focus on pronunciation, eye-contact, time management as well and boosting their confidence.  That is why, here at the Inforum Academy of Excellence, our English program builds towards giving a presentation twice a term.  We believe this experience is invaluable for a child’s future, as at some point they will have to speak in front of an audience in other classes, at university or in their future jobs.

Giving a presentation also offers the students a chance to research a topic and develop problem-solving and critical analysis skills. Teaching students to organise effective presentations has been found to support cognitive (thinking) development. The whole planning and development stage also teaches students to use technology to make effective and well-organised presentations. 

After the presentations, students are given feedback by the teacher so they can reflect on the things they have done well and areas to improve on. It is useful to be aware of a rubric, so students know what expectations there are when they develop and practice.

As you can see, giving presentations has a multitude of benefits that will make anyone a better all-round communicator and give them a lot more confidence when speaking to people in any situation. 

Inforum Academy of Excellence is a private after-school tutoring service for primary school kids, where tutors help students study, not only Maths and English, but also how to give an effective and engaging presentation.  Through our program, we have seen students excel at school, gain roles on their school student council committee and even become school leaders.

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