PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 May, 2007, 12:00am

St Joan of Arc Secondary School

The 'Speak Up Speak Out' jamboree finale took place on May 12. We were all very nervous and excited.

Preparing for the day was an interesting experience. As we practised for the competition, my English pronunciation improved and I gained stage experience.

My writing skills also improved because I had to write a speech myself.

I also learned a lot from the other participants, especially how to improve my speaking skills.

We didn't win but we earned valuable experience.

It all began on March 23 when we had a speaking workshop conducted by Jeremy Walenn.

He is funny, and he taught us presentation skills using jokes. His teaching was lively so it was easy to concentrate on what he was saying.

Through the course, I learned a lot about speaking in public. Mr Walenn used tongue twisters to help us practise our pronunciation.

He also taught us presentation skills, such as how to have a good opening paragraph, use a lively voice to present, and stress some key words.

He then gave us a topic and asked us to speak. It was good practice for us. I am so glad that I could participate in the course.

Mr Walenn is a brilliant speaker.

Mr Walenn's wife, Sara, then came to our school on April 20 to guide us and help us prepare for the jamboree.

She is a good teacher and helped us a lot. She used 'Wh' questions and how to draw up a mind map to organise and write our essay.

Also, she told us that when we give our presentation, our voice must be expressive. We should not read our speech, instead we should use prompt cards.

The opening is important as it grabs the attention of listeners immediately.

She taught us to use different ways of starting our presentations, such as asking questions. She said this would make our presentation outstanding.

We thank Mr and Mrs Walenn for the training and support they gave us.

We also would like to thank our NET Ms Hsu for refining our speech and for the endless practice sessions she put in with us.

Chris Wan Ho-man

English Society Member

STFA Cheng Yu Tung Secondary School

What does Scrabble mean to you? Just a game, or a way to brush up your English?

Our school recently held an inter-class Scrabble competition. Not only is it a good way to improve your English vocabulary, the competition was a great way for classmates to bond.

Students prepared by reading and trying to remember words they had seen on road signs. But it can be quite difficult to remember new words when you face your opponents.

But, you can learn new words by seeing what your opponents spell.

Although they played against Form Six students, Form 4D were the senior champions.

Form 3B worked very hard. Their teamwork paid off, and they were crowned champions of their section.

All the competitors had a great time and learned lots of new words.

We look forward to another Scrabble competition next year.

Angus Chan, Cemmy Lau Ka-mei and Tiffany Wong Hiu-tung

Po Leung Kuk Laws Foundation College, Tseung Kwan O

Our school joined the 'Speak Up, Speak Out' public speaking jamboree on May 12 in Kowloon Tong.

We were very happy to be selected as the four speakers to represent our school.

It was a nerve-wracking experience but we tried our best and had fun presenting our topic, 'Teenagers of Hong Kong'.

Our efforts were rewarded when we received one of two of the Top Team awards.

We won a cup, a certificate and HK$500 book coupons, but we also gained a lot of experience and learned to work as a team.

The prize does not only belong to us four but also our English teacher Ms de Guzman and our tutor George.

The jamboree has left us feeling more confident. We hope we can take part in similar events in the future.