Un mundo cambiante necesita nuevas formas de aprendizaje; una educación innovadora necesita también formar a su alumnado con habilidades cruciales para su futuro e inserción laboral.

La oratoria y el debate dotan a nuestro alumnado de habilidades comunicativas y sociales, aportan valores y metodologías diferenciadoras como el pensamiento crítico y deliberativo, la autonomía e independencia para gestionar una investigación con fuentes fidedignas y uno de los puntos más importantes, el desarrollo de la autoestima y competencia lingüística en inglés cuando exponemos en público mediante una retórica persuasiva y expresión corporal adecuada.

Es por ello que Julio Verne School imparte la oratoria, destreza clave y motivadora, tanto a nivel grupal con ligas de debates Interescolares (Grupo Sorolla Schools Debate League) como a nivel individual con el concurso que llevamos a cabo durante el mes de marzo: Public Speaking Contest (exposición de discursos individuales) desde 5º grado en educación primaria hasta 4º de secundaria. Sí, han leído bien. Empezamos con alumnos de 10-11 años y se sorprenderían de lo bien que lo hacen, así lo afirmaban alumnos de 5º y 6º,  minutos después de haber terminado el concurso:

‘We were quite nervous with the contest but it was a great experience. We learnt a lot about gender equality and reduced inequalities related to toys that we didn’t know before. Our teachers helped us a lot!  It was hard work but we love speaking in English and persuade the audience!’ Grade 5º and 6º, Primary.

¿Entonces, en qué consiste el Public Speaking Contest?

Consiste en que los alumnos preparen discursos individuales de 2 minutos de duración… pero, ¿cómo llevamos a cabo la preparación con toda la clase antes del concurso?

El profesorado de la asignatura de Spoken English introduce un proyecto llamado JVS Talks, cuyo objetivo es enseñar la estructura del discurso, las técnicas de una buena introducción, cuerpo y conclusión, así como también el saber investigar con fuentes fidedignas para que el discurso no sólo comunique y capte la atención de la audiencia, sino que también sea convincente y creíble.

A través del flipped classroom (OneNote), el alumnado analizó vídeos de diversas fuentes y luego, en clase, con la guía del profesor, desarrolló su discurso con su propia temática, siendo ellos los expertos en el tema. Una vez que ya expusieron su primer discurso mostrando una buena oratoria, llegó la selección para la competición en el Public Speaking Contest:  6 alumnos en total para 5º y 6º de primaria y 6 alumnos para 1º y 2º –  3º y 4º de secundaria. La elección del tema del concurso ya no fue libre, como lo había  sido en la preparación previa, sino que se estableció  una pregunta objetiva y siempre relacionada con los ODS. Este año las temáticas fueron:

  • 5º y 6º Primaria: Should we stop labelling toys for girls and boys?
  • 1º y 2º Eso: Is technology the future of education?
  • 3º y 4º Eso: Think globally. Act locally. (se llevará a cabo en junio 2021)

El día del concurso llegó, los discursos comenzaron y la tarea del jurado no fue nada fácil. La evaluación fue a través de una rúbrica que 2 miembros del jurado aplicaron con gran dificultad para elegir a los ganadores, ya que el gran nivel de oratoria de nuestro alumnado les puso una decisión final difícil de tomar.

‘I have participated in the Schools Debate League and when I was also chosen to take part in the JVS Public Speaking Contest, I didn’t hesitate about it! My answer was YES! From the very beginning I wanted to win in my category because I love speaking in English, and guess what? The jury chose me… I won!  It was hard work indeed, but I am so happy to improve my speaking skills with these kind of projects!’. Belén Gómez Crespo, 1º ESO.

Una vez más, desde el Departamento de Lenguas Extranjeras, felicitamos tanto a los profesores de Spoken English que han preparado al alumnado: Erika Schwartz, Diana Sinisterra Dols, Clive Robert Bridges y Pablo Hernández Barrera como a nuestros estudiantes por su gran labor, motivación, esfuerzo y compromiso. ¡Enhorabuena equipo!.

Erika Catherine Schwartz

English and German teacher, Primary and Secondary stages.

A changing world needs new forms of learning; an innovative education also needs to train its students with crucial skills for their future and job market.

Rhetorical skills such as oratory and debating give our students communicative and social skills, bringing different values and methodologies such as critical and deliberative thinking, autonomy and independence to manage research with reliable sources and one of the most important points, the development of self-esteem and linguistic competence in English when they perform in public through persuasive language and proper body language.

That is why Julio Verne School teaches oratory skills through both: inter-school debating leagues (Grupo Sorolla Schools Debate League) and the Public Speaking Contest (individual speeches) from 5th grade in primary education to 4th in secondary education. Yes, you read it well, we start with students from 10-11 years old and you would be surprised how well they perform… as students of 5th and 6th grade stated, minutes after the end of the contest:

‘We were quite nervous with the contest but it was a great experience. We learnt a lot about gender equality and reduced inequalities related to toys that we didn’t know before. Our teachers helped us a lot! It was hard work but we love speaking in English and persuade the audience!’ Grade 5th and 6th, Primary.

So what is the Public Speaking Contest then?

It consists of students preparing individual 2-minute talks/speeches… but how do we carry out the preparation with the whole class before the contest?

We do so with our Spoken English teachers presenting a project called JVS Talks first, whose goal is to teach the structure of a talk/speech, the techniques of a good introduction, body and conclusion, as well as the know-how with reliable sources so that the speech not only communicates and catches the attention of the audience, but is also convincing and credible.

Through flipped classroom methodology (OneNote), students analyzed videos from various sources and then, in class, with their teachers’ guide, developed their speeches with their own topics, being ‘the experts’ in the subject. Once they have already presented their first speech showing a good oratory, came the selection for the competition in the Public Speaking Contest:

6 students from 5th and 6th grades in primary school and 6 students from 1st and 2nd – 3rd and 4th ESO. Topics were chosen by teachers now and always related to the SDGs, students couldn’t choose their own topics as it had been in the previous preparation. This year the topics were:

– 5th and 6th Primary: Should we stop labelling toys for girls and boys? 

– 1st and 2nd Eso: Is technology the future of education?

– 3rd and 4th Eso: Think globally. Act locally. (to be held in June 2021)

The day of the contest came, the speeches began and the jurors’ task was not easy. The assessment was through a rubric that 2 jurors applied with great difficulty to choose the winners, since the high level of our students’ oratory make it difficult for them.

‘I have participated in the Schools Debate League and when I was also chosen to take part in the JVS Public Speaking Contest, I didn’t hesitate about it! My answer was YES! From the very beginning I wanted to win in my category because I love speaking in English, and guess what? The jury chose me… I won’ t! It was hard work indeed, but I am so happy to improve my speaking skills with these kind of projects!’. Belén Gómez Crespo, 1st ESO.

Once again, the Department of Foreign Languages, congratulates both: Spoken English teachers who have prepared the students: Erika Schwartz, Diana Sinisterra Dols, Clive Robert Bridges and Pablo Hernández Barrera and our students for their great work, motivation, effort and commitment.

Congratulations!

 Erika Catherine Schwartz

English and German teacher, Primary and Secondary stages.

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