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Speech Exercises for Children

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

The ability to give a speech in front of others is an important skill that, when developed properly, can create a variety of benefits. This lesson focuses on speech exercises that teachers can use with children.

Children and Speeches

While speech and public speaking may seem like topics for older students, children can benefit from developing these skills at an early age. Speaking in front of others builds confidence and poise, exactly the types of skills students will use throughout their academic lives. When children learn speech, they need to feel comfortable making mistakes, so these activities have been designed to allow for maximum feedback and discussion.

Improvised Short Speech

In this exercise, you will provide a topic and students must speak in front of the class about that topic for 30 seconds. If you feel this may be too difficult to start with, try putting the students into small teams and then have each team select one representative to speak. The following is a list of topics you can use.

  • Animals that are good pets
  • Animals that are bad pets
  • Fun activities at school
  • Boring activities at school
  • Best sports to play
  • Worst sports to play
  • Favorite holiday
  • Least favorite holiday
  • Last good movie I saw or book I read
  • Last bad movie I saw or book I read

Bring each student or team rep up to the front of the room one-by-one. Give the student a topic and set a timer for 30 seconds. As the students speak, keep notes of the following:

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