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Pupils Get Some Expert Help On Persuasive Speaking Skills

Published on: 31 May, 2021
Updated on: 29 May, 2021

Pupils at Kings College in Park Barn have had some expert tuition on persuasive speaking skills courtesy of the Guildford Shakespeare Company.

Year 7 and 8 pupils drafted speeches on topics they felt passionate about inspired by some of Shakespeare’s most famous writings. These included Hamlet’s “To be or not to be..” soliloquy.

The YouTube clip features professional actors performing and recording the speeches written by pupils at Kings College.

One piece focused on whether they should do their homework or play their video game! Professional actors then performed and recorded the speeches at home.

You can watch all the speeches here on this YouTube clip.

The support the school received is part of the Guildford Shakespeare Company’s Brave New World programme. It ties into Kings College’s English department’s focus on strong oral skills.

The includes the module The History of Rhetoric and Spoken Language Study, which focuses on teaching children to express themselves and giving them the public speaking skills they will need in the wider world.

The principal of Kings College, Alastair McKenzie, said: “I want to say a huge thank you to the incredibly talented team from the Guildford Shakespeare Company for all the work they have done with us here.

“I know how much the students enjoy working with them and their commitment to the local community is inspiring.”

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