Junior Public Speaking Program (JPSP) – Grades 2 to 4

The JPSP is a program where we focus on the fun aspects of public speaking and instil children with confidence when it comes to speaking publicly.

The JPSP has been specifically designed as a lead-in program to help prepare children for more formal public speaking training from grades five onwards when they do our more structured public speaking courses (Confident Communication and Leadership Program (CCLP) and Advanced CCLP).

Our intention is to guide children and help them to realise that public speaking doesn’t have to be a frightening or traumatic experience! In fact, it can be quite good fun to be out in front of people and deliver an engaging speech.

We aim to help children deal with any nervousness early on and teach them how to use these feelings to their advantage. Some of the things that we focus on are:

  • How our facial expressions affect our voice.
  • Hearing the difference between shouting and voice projection which can get very loud and elicit lots of laughing! Children also learn how to have vocal variety, use inflexion, and use the powerful pause in presenting.
  • How to communicate using body language, facial expressions and gestures when delivering a speech.
  • How our posture can affect our confidence, therefore children are taught how to stand and walk with confidence when presenting.
  • How to organise your thoughts to deliver an engaging speech.
  • Writing their own stories as homework to aloud to the class. This stimulates the imagination and uses their newly acquired skills to do interpretive reading along with reading out other literary works, such as ‘Dr Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham’, to further develop interpretive reading techniques.
  • How to create oral rhyming stories to any single topic, i.e. donkey, cat, snake, house, zebra, mouse, etc. which encourages creative thought.
  • Learn how to create written rhyming stories. The children will then create their own at home to read out to their peers which again encourages creative thought and supports interpretive reading abilities.
  • Learn how to think on their feet and answer questions posed, such as, “If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?” or “If you could make three changes in the world, what would they be and why?” 
  • Confidently use a microphone when delivering a speech.

They are given various roles in each session to begin the process of learning leadership skills which are ‘Helpers, Filler Word Counters, Listeners, Deep Breathing Meditators and Mentors’.

The program is an ongoing one, with each session going for 60 minutes as an after-school elective each Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 – 4:45 pm.

Go to https://www.facebook.com/findingyourvoice.net.au/ to see the children in action.