Speaking in Public

Purpose of the Qualification

LAMDA Graded Examinations in Communication: Speaking in Public are designed to develop the skills necessary for effective oral communication and public presentation. These examinations will benefit native English speakers as well as those for whom English is a second language.

Learners who prepare themselves appropriately will develop:

1 Oral language skills
2 Technical skills
3 Knowledge of oral communication skills.

Broad Objectives of the Qualification

1 Oral Language Skills

The learner will be required to:

  • select, structure and shape subject matter into a coherent and concise speech

  • adapt language and form to audience, purpose and situation where appropriate.

2 Technical Skills

The learner will be required to:

  • build skills in vocal projection and clarity of speech

  • match tonal register to audience, purpose and situation where appropriate

  • integrate body language, notes and visual aids where appropriate, to support the subject matter and engage the listener.

3 Knowledge of oral communication skills

The learner will be required to:

  • have a knowledge and understanding of the techniques required for speaking in public.

Level Description

The LAMDA Entry Level Award in Communication: Speaking in Public is designed to introduce learners to basic skills in public speaking. Learners will be able to prepare and deliver a speech about a book of their own choice. They will speak audibly and clearly. They will be able to answer questions about the reasons for their choice of book and will maintain a brief conversation with the examiner on a topic of their own choice.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit the learner will be able to:

Interpretation

LO1: prepare and deliver a speech about a book, demonstrating an understanding of the subject matter.

Technique

LO2: use the skills required for speaking in public.

Knowledge

LO3: know and understand the techniques required for speaking in public.

Level Description

The LAMDA Level 1 Award in Communication: Speaking in Public is designed to enable learners to develop basic skills in public speaking. Learners will be able to prepare and deliver a speech with a clear structure. They will speak audibly and clearly. The use of visual aids will help to engage the audience. Learners will be able to answer questions about the content of their speech and maintain a conversation with the examiner on a topic of their own choice. They will ask questions to further the conversation (Grade 3 only).

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit the learner will be able to:

Interpretation

LO1: prepare and deliver a speech, demonstrating an understanding of the subject matter.

Technique

LO2: use the skills required for speaking in public.

Knowledge

LO3: know and understand the techniques required for speaking in public.

Level Description

The LAMDA Level 2 Award in Communication: Speaking in Public is designed to enable learners to develop a range of skills in public speaking. Learners will be able to select appropriate subject matter and prepare and deliver two speeches. Effective preparation and study will be evident, leading to a secure performance. Use of body language and voice will be combined to engage the audience. Learners will be able to answer questions on the skills required for preparing their speeches and maintain a conversation with the examiner on a given topic. They will ask questions to further the conversation and listen supportively.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit the learner will be able to:

Interpretation

LO1: prepare and deliver two speeches, demonstrating an understanding of the subject matter.

Technique

LO2: demonstrate the skills required for speaking in public.

Knowledge

LO3: know and understand the techniques required for speaking in public.

Level Description

The LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Communication: Speaking in Public is designed to enable learners to develop a wide range of skills in public speaking. Learners will be able to deliver two prepared speeches and one impromptu speech. They will integrate their knowledge and skills, demonstrating an understanding of the subject matter and the techniques required to speak in public. Presentation will be grounded in thorough and relevant preparation. Physical and vocal flexibility will be combined to engage the audience. Learners will be able to answer questions on the techniques required for speaking in public and for preparing speeches. They will also be able to demonstrate knowledge of different styles of speech (Grade 8 only).

Learning Outcomes

LO1: prepare and deliver two speeches, demonstrating an
understanding of the subject matter.

Technique

LO2: demonstrate the skills required for speaking in public.

Impromptu Speech

LO3: prepare and deliver an impromptu speech.

Knowledge

LO4: demonstrate an understanding of the techniques required for speaking in public
LO5: demonstrate an understanding of the techniques required for preparing speeches
LO6: know and understand different styles of speech (Grade 8 only).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a structured talk and a speech?
For the purposes of these examinations, a speech should promote a particular standpoint or seek to shape opinion, whereas a talk can simply share your thoughts and feelings on a topic or area of interest.

"It was a decade after I took my last LAMDA medal that I realised it really had helped... specifically, the first time I was asked to do a reading of one of my stories."

Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman, bestselling author and screenwriter