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An essential part of a Dexter Southfield education, the Public Speaking program is designed to build confidence, character, and leadership. In a progression from Kindergarten through Class 12, students annually perform a set piece before an audience of parents, students, faculty, and friends of the School.
Steadily coached by faculty who know them well, student-speakers gain powerful skills that enable them to express themselves clearly and compellingly, to engage an audience of any size, and to “think on their feet.”
In Kindergarten through Class 8, students recite pieces from memory, and they perform one at a time, in sequence. Their topics are curriculum-related and written by their homeroom teacher, who prepares them in the weeks leading up to the performance.
In Classes 9-12, students choose their own topics and write and deliver their own speeches with coaching from a faculty member. With increasing rigor and freedom, students learn to project, make eye contact, articulate, and develop individual expression. In addition to these performances, students regularly speak at major school events and other gatherings. As a result of their strong foundation and frequent practice, they are poised and prepared for any path they choose in life.