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What is this oral work?

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You must show you can talk in many different ways and also listen attentively to others:

  • Explain. Describe. Narrate.
  • Explore. Analyse. Imagine.
  • Discuss. Argue. Persuade.

Don't avoid the situation - Yes, that's right you have heard your speech and language therapist telling you it doesn't help to avoid thinking about your oral tasks.

It's not a good idea to keep putting off working on them. You really have got to think about them and get planning and practising.

No need to panic!

  • Remember that you have been developing these skills in school up to now. Your teacher will explain to you the tasks that will give you the chance to show these skills. You must talk in different situations.
  • Remember that your teacher will assess your oral work and is allowed to plan ways with you that will help you to complete it. If you need help with thinking about this then talk with your therapist to get ideas, and ask her to talk with your teacher as well.
  • Think about what helps you to do oral work so you can work with your teacher to help yourself

These are examples of the activities that you may be asked to do:

  • Drama-focused activity

    This gives you the chance to work in a role, presenting a character other than yourself.

  • Group Activity

    This can be working in a pair as well as a bigger group.

  • Interview

    This could be playing in role the different people involved in a typical interview for employment or further and higher education.

  • Individual Extended Contribution

    This can be done in a pair or a group, where you make the biggest contribution. Although you will have to speak at some length, you do not have to give a solo talk to the class to meet this requirement.

  • Improve your English Skills

    Content matters!

  • Good grammar

    Vocabulary and practise new words when you talk to people, pronouncing them correctly.

  • Revise

    Your work on planning, organizing, researching and structuring.

  • Work

    In class, concentrating and listening to what the teacher asks you to do.

  • Write down all your tasks

    Always be clear about what exactly you have to do and stick to the task set when you do your talking.

  • Be a good listener

    Did you know that you get marks for showing that you are listening and taking an interest in what other students are saying? Remember all the skills that you developed in therapy about good eye contact, turn-taking and sensible use of gestures. Not many students will know as much about these skills as you do so you will have an advantage.