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Successfully speaking

How do some people command an audience using only the instrument of their own voice? Why do some speeches change the world, while others make us change the channel? Learn how your understanding of the purpose and context of your speech can help you to engage your audience so your speeches can make a difference too.

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Impressive impromptus

Do you think impromptu speaking is impossible? Learn how to captivate your audience and make the most of your speaking opportunities and how to deliver impressive impromptus.

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Discovering definitions

Learn how to define the topic in a primary school debate.

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Find your voice

Students learn about, compose and perform slam poetry.

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Best manners

Develop student confidence in speaking in a debate.

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Considering responsibility in debates

Students learn how to discuss responsibility when debating.

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Marvellous mechanisms

Students develop skills in how to use mechanisms in a debate.

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Deep diving into definitions

Explore definitions in debating from the negative team's perspective.

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That's debatable

Learn how to construct an effective rebuttal for a primary debate.

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Characterisation in debates

Students learn how to use characterisation and descriptive language in debating.

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Crafting persuasive arguments

Develop persuasive arguments for a primary debate using the PEEL model.

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Painting pictures with words

Learn about the art of performance poetry and compose your own slam poem.

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How to be funny

What is the key to being funny? As Tim Ferguson explains, if you can laugh, you can write comedy. Has something funny happened to you lately? Or is there something in particular that you find puzzling or amusing about the world around you? Put your thoughts on paper and experiment with telling your story in different ways. ...

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Voice and accents – part 2

Stars of stage and screen learn about breathing, vocal warms and how to use different accents to enhance their performances. You will go through some exercises in preparation for using your voice effectively and learning to use the Standard American Accent.

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Voice and accents – Part 1

Stars of stage and screen learn about breathing, and where the voice comes from to enhance their performances. You will go through some exercises in preparation for using your voice effectively, as well as experiment with tongue twisters.

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Changing letter sounds and butterflies

Have you ever wondered why you can't just add a prefix such as 'in-' to the beginning of a word to make its opposite? Professor Kate Burridge explains how a prefix is influenced by the sound of the letters that come after it. She also gives two explanations about the origins of the word 'butterfly'.

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Can you manage a rock band?

This is a unit of work for teachers about intellectual property (IP), in particular the concepts of copyright and trademarks. Learning activities within the unit of work involve investigating and making decisions about intellectual property issues for a rock group. The resource has three main sections: Classroom unit - ...

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Golly gosh, what do those sayings mean?

Have you ever wondered where sayings like 'golly gosh', 'by gum' or 'drat' come from? In this video, Professor Kate Burridge explains the origins and meaning of these and other sayings. She also explains the history of the pronoun 'you'.

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Focused Improvement in Early Literacy Development (FIELD)

This teacher resource describes an evidence-based strategy in which eight disadvantaged metropolitan schools and 12 remote schools in Western Australia assessed the oral English language and emergent literacy development of their pre-primary (Foundation) students, and used that data to inform explicit teaching of English ...

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Kanji wheel of discovery 2

Solve word puzzles in a quiz show. Choose a key kanji such as 同, 学 or 明. Then spin the wheel to make new compound words using your key kanji. Use the meanings of the individual kanji to work out the meaning of each compound word and score points. Solve the meaning of enough compound words to win a prize. Review all the ...