Thursday, March 24, 2016

Graduation Speech: ESO 4 2015-16 3rd Term PBL Assignment


ESO 4 Students,

This is your PBL assignment for the 3rd term. All of you have to WRITE and DELIVER your GRADUATION SPEECH.  You have to imagine you are going to stand in the school Assembly Hall before your teachers, classmates, parents and guests at your ESO graduation ceremony (to be held on June 21st) and deliver your speech, which must be at least 350 WORDS LONG.

The best student will be offered the chance to deliver his or her speech at your graduation ceremony... in English!! Of course, he or she will get extra points in the final mark for that effort.

Delivering a speech requires previous work. First, you have to put together basic ideas and thoughts. Then, you have to draft, revise and polish your text up. Finally, you have to practise your oral presentation. It is a good idea to do this in front of some relatives or friends, in front a mirror or even to shoot an informal video of yourself using your phone or a webcam. Pay attention to both your "sound" and your "image". If you do this you will be able to find out your weak points and can try to fix them.

Points will be deducted not only for poor content, but also for bad spelling, punctuation and/or formatting in your written work. As you will have to do an oral presentation, points will also be deducted for bad pronunciation, poor fluency and rhythm. Clear, well-structured ideas, catching the audience interest, good pronunciation and a clear, loud voice and a little humour will boost your mark.

IMPORTANT: You must follow the same formatting rules as for the rest of school projects: The font must be 'Century Gothic', size 12; 1.5 line spacing, justified text, page numbers at the bottom centre of each page

This is your work schedule:
  • Tuesday 29th March - Print this post at home and bring it to school.
  • Monday 9th May to Wednesday 11th May - Print this post at home and bring it to school to start working on it. You have to write and practise your speech. Each student MUST bring their own dictionary to class for those 3 sessions (electronic dictionaries, laptops, etc. are allowed; mobile phones, iphones or blackberries are not). It is also a good idea to print and bring to class some or all of the information contained in the links at the end of this post as well as any other information or help you may find useful.
  • Before 23:59:59 on Friday 20th May your speech in a PDF file has to reach our e-mail. Your file name MUST be as follows:
Class_Number_Name_1stSurname.pdf - Example: 4A_1_Brais_Carballo.pdf
  • Monday 23rd May to Wednesday 8th June - You will have to stand before your class and deliver your speeches.
Points will be deducted for every instruction you do not follow.

NB: Students who refuse to deliver their graduation speech will have to take the final remedial exam in June, comprising all the 9 units of the schoolyear.

Here is an example outline of how your graduation speech should be. At the end of this post you can also find links with useful advice, hints and ideas:

1. Introduction (Present)
1.1 Greet the audience.
1.2 Thank them for coming.
1.3 Make some remarks about your feelings and how excited you are to be graduating.
1.4 Present an idea or motto connected with the school, education, life, etc.

2. About You (Past)
2.1 Tell a few short, important or funny childhood stories or anecdotes about yourselves.
2.2 Talk about your role model(s) and how they influenced your life.
2.3 Tell how you could "not have got where you are without ____".

3. Thank You (Past)
3.1 Say you would like to thank a few people specifically for all of their help:
3.1.2 Thank your mother, your father and family... maybe some friends...
3.1.3 Thank and acknowledge whatever mentor or teacher influenced you the most (in a good way).
3.1.4 Acknowledge your classmates' influence on you or even congratulate other students' for their performance/behaviour/personality.

4. Conclusion (Future)
4.1 Tell the audience about your expectations for the future.
4.2 Go back to your introduction and repeat your initial idea or motto.
4.3 Wish your classmates a happy and safe end-of-school trip.
4.4 Express your good wishes for everybody's future... and especially your classmates'.
4.5 Tell everyone to enjoy the snacks and drinks served on the schoolyard.
4.6 Thank everybody once again for being there and for their attention.

Useful links:
And now, a short video of a graduation speech that you will like, from the Twilight Eclipse movie, to get some inspiration:

This is the transcription:

"When we were five, they asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up. Our answers were things like astronaut, president, or in my case… princess.
When we were ten, they asked again and we answered – rock star, cowboy, or in my case, gold medallist. But now that we’ve grown up, they want a serious answer.
Well, how ’bout this: who the hell knows?!
This isn’t the time to make hard and fast decisions, its time to make mistakes. 
Take the wrong train and get stuck somewhere chill. 
Fall in love – a lot. 
Major in philosophy ’cause there’s no way to make a career out of that. 
Change your mind. 
Then change it again, because nothing is permanent.
So make as many mistakes as you can. 
That way, someday, when they ask again what we want to be… we won’t have to guess.
We’ll know."

The speech in 8 easy steps:

Neil Gaiman - Inspirational Commencement Speech at the university of the arts class of 2012:

2013 best graduation speech, by Alejandro Penín:

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