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Other tips


The right atmosphere 

Your teacher is allowed to make things as relaxed as possible for all the students. Discuss with your therapist the best ways for you to tackle your oral work. Then talk with your teacher, as with plenty of advance notice, s/he should be able to adapt the situation for your talking to make sure that you feel confident. 

Ideas for adapting your oral tasks  

  • If you do your extended contribution as a solo talk your teacher can ask you to present an approximate number of words, rather than speak in a set time. This could be helpful in making you feel less rushed. 
  • If you know that you talk confidently in a session connected with an interest in the school, such as helping a younger pupil, coaching a football team, acting in a play or something similar, ask your teacher if s/he can assess you doing that. 
  • You must talk in a group, but it can be one friend for one task and a group of friends for the others. You can work with your teacher to select the group of friends with whom you feel most confident. 
  • Some Exam Boards will also allow you to do one task of individual talk or group work outside the school in a situation where you feel confident, such as your therapy group. You may then have your teacher come along to assess you or possibly have your talking videoed for your teacher to assess. 

Setting targets 

It really helps to review your progress with your teacher and the other pupils, then set yourself targets for improvements. 

Plan what you say

If you have a choice, pick the subject that interests you and you can most easily find information about. 

Brainstorm ideas and list them

Organize what you say, so it is easy to follow. 

Write it down

  • Then put the key points onto cue cards, and go over them. 
  • Take the cards into class for the oral task. 

Practise what you say

Concentrate on what you have to say rather than worrying about your stammer.