Public Speaking

The Course Outline encourages intense involvement and participation of students and compulsory topics are summarized below;

  • Interpersonal/ Intrapersonal Skills
  • Phonetics
  • Elocution
  • Gesticulation
  • Eye Contact
  • Overcoming Fear
  • Self Assertiveness
  • Simple Grammar
  • Communication Skills
  • Introduction to Impromptu Speech
  • Improving Memory
  • Introduction to Prepared Speech
  • Public Speaking Competitions

Participants in the Public Speaking Competition will be required to deliver the following to the audience and will be evaluated on their delivery and knowledge of the subject matter.

  • An Impromptu speech;
  • Interpretive reading from a published work of their choice, and or a persuasive prepared speech on a topic of their choice;
  • A Poetic recital.

Entry to the competition

The competitions are open to all schools in Namibia.

The Public Speaking competitions focus on both academic and social content within the Namibian and African contemporary context.

Eligibility and Composition of teams

Participants per school will be selected up to a maximum of six students from Grades 5 to 12. All the six students must be in full-time education at the same school.

Participants cannot be changed between rounds. In exceptional circumstances, exemptions from this rule may be granted.

Topics for speeches

For the first rounds and the regional finals of the Public Speaking competition, speakers choose their topic from a list issued by the competition organizers.

For the National final, the competition organizers may assign a topic to each speaker. Speakers may speak for or against their topic.

Assessment Of Presentations

The following are five key elements that will be used to judge and score a public speaking presentation: Argument, coherence, logical presentation, persuasiveness and structure of speech. Elocution / Voice Projection / Audibility Audience engagement techniques (varying pitch and tone of voice, substance of speech, humour, eye contact, body language, movement etc.) Confidence Adaptability