PROGRAMMES FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Julia Gabriel Centre offers the following programmes for secondary schools.
 
Communication Skills
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One of the most important skills secondary school students need is effective communication. Having an awareness of the purpose of communication, the intended audience and the differing contexts in which we are required to communicate is a distinguishing feature of an effective communicator. We engage students through a variety of activities to speak, listen, question and discuss in a purposeful, meaningful and impactful manner.
 
As part of this programme, students can be prepared for group Communication Skills examinations with Trinity College London.
 

Drama in Action
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Poetry and prose are explored through drama activities to encourage students to use their imagination, develop their thinking skills and enjoy using language creatively and expressively.
 
Students will work on text, developing character and staging and, through teamwork, prepare a performance for peers and/or parents at the end of the course.
 
Schools can also opt to register students for group Drama examinations with Trinity College London.
 

Storytelling
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Students learn about story structures, characterisation, development of plot and various storytelling strategies. Classes aim to build the students’ ability to present text in Standard English that is both vocally and physically expressive. Creativity and imagination are harnessed as students develop original stories and use effective storytelling strategies to share these stories with their peers and or parents.
 

Oral English Preparation
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This course provides support for students to help them understand, prepare for and cope with the demands of the revised ‘O’ Level English Oral Examination. Students work on the skills they need to think purposefully, building techniques for clear thinking and speaking.
 
This programme is supported with an original book compilation of pictures and spoken interaction prompts together with model answers which can become a useful practice and reference guide for students.
 

Introduction to Debate
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This programme gives participants opportunities to expand thinking, to speak confidently on a wide-range of topical and social issues, and to persuade an audience with creative, well-structured arguments. Students hone their persuasive speaking capabilities as they engage in class debates after which they will receive adjudication feedback.
 

Choral Speaking
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This programme develops students’ expressive speaking skills as well as enhances their enjoyment of performing and presenting poetry. Through instructions on vocal variety, an understanding and appreciation of character and main ideas in poetry, and through improvisation and drama-based activities, students prepare a choral presentation at the end of programme.
 

Presentation Skills
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Students learn to prepare and present talks and speeches confidently and with enjoyment. The course builds awareness of the differing needs of listeners, enabling students to adapt language and presentation to suit these needs. Students are taught platform techniques and given a range of current topics which they can use for their presentations. These topics can be customised according to the needs of the school.
 

Teacher training workshops for all the modules listed above are also available.
 
Please let us know if you would like us to visit your school to discuss how we may complement your curriculum.
 
You can contact the following staff at our centre:
 
Shyamala Menon
Manager of School Programmes and Senior Teacher
Tel: 6496 9433
Email: shyamalamenon@juliagabriel.com