Speaking and Listening

Remember it!

Remember it!

  • Speaking is about presenting information and ideas and backing them up with non-verbal techniques.
  • Listening is about the purpose and meaning of other people’s speech. You can then use this understanding to construct a response to their argument.
  • The subject refers to what you are talking about.
  • Research is the key to delivering great speaking and listening assessments. Use your research to find points to make about your subject and back them up with evidence. Think PEA (Point, Evidence, Analysis)
  • The order of an essay is Introduction, First Point, Second Point, Third Point then Conclusion.
  • Persuasive techniques can also be used in speaking and listening. These include alliteration, rhetorical questions, repetition, emotive language, threes and personal pronouns.
  • ABC stands for Articulation, Body Language and Content
  • Articulation is about controlling your pitch and volume, tone, accent and the clarity of your voice.
  • Pitch refers to how low or how high your voice is.
  • The volume of your voice means how loud or quiet it is.
  • The tone of your voice depends on the emotion you are trying to convey
  • Accents are often influenced by the groups which people belong to, such as their nationality, region or social class.
  • The clearest speakers are often the ones people will listen to the most simply because it means that they have to work less to understand what is being said.
  • To develop a clear speaking voice, the best thing to do is to practise by reading out loud.
  • Body Language includes the position of your body, your eye contact and the gestures you use. Gestures include pointing, nodding and rolling your eyes.
  • For content, you can use visual aids and Powerpoints to grab the audience’s attention and keep them listening.
  • The presenting assessment is about communicating information and adapting language to fit with a target audience.
  • When presenting, you should consider articulation, body language, accent, slang and content.
  • In the discussing and listening assessment, you need to you interact and respond to other people rather than simply about how you talk and present your points. This assessment is about listening to other people and having a conversation.
  • The role-playing assessment requires you to take part in a discussion whilst maintaining a character’s persona at all times.
  • The best way to prepare for the role-playing assessment is to research the subject and your character thoroughly so that you understand their personality and what drives them to act the way they do and follow their beliefs.
  • The only want to get a good mark in your Speaking and Listening assessments is to be brave and talk.