“Back to School Speech of Self-Introduction,” written by Norma Landa Flores and available on digital download @teacherspayteachers.com is a 10 page Oral Communication and Pronunciation Lesson that features the poem entitled, “My Speech of Self-Introduction” on page 2. Also at the bottom of page 2, directions are given of how to articulate [ ʃ ] and [ s ] consonants as in she-see.
Page 3 contains “Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion,” including student’s values. Page 4 is the [ ʃ ] Mid-Front Jaw and Tongue Air Out Consonant and [ s ] Low-Front Teeth and Tongue Air Out Consonant Assessment form with which students may take turns pronouncing and assessing each other.
Page 5 is the Assessment of Communication Competence and English Speaking Skills: ACCESS © N. L. Flores 2005 with which students listen to each other read the sentences on page 4 a second time and rate the speaker’s use of eye contact, audibility, use of standard pronunciation, articulation of word endings, emphasis of syllables and communication of message function and intention.
Page 6 lists, “Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing
[ ʃ ] Mid-Front Jaw and Tongue Air Out Consonant and [ s ] Low-Front Teeth and Tongue Air Out Consonant Assessment.These standards for speaking and listening were agreed upon by the National Communication Association Task Force on Speaking and Listening Skills of which the author, Norma Landa Flores was a contributing participant. Pages 7-10, is the Appendix with Suggestions for the Teacher/Facilitator to more easily teach an oral communication lesson creating relevancy due to the “My Speech of Self-Introduction” theme of this lesson.
This material is suitable for students in grades 6-12 and above. In addition, the content is very helpful for any age level student learning English as a Second Language or for Special Education students having difficulty articulating [ ʃ ] and [ s ] or substituting one for the other. “Oral Communication Plus Pronunciation of a Back to School Speech,” encourages verbal communication, cooperation and oral collaboration.
A wonderful bonus is that this poem serves as a sample for writing poetry, improving and assessing pronunciation and developing informative speech outlining skills too! On the day students come back to school, they often feel awkward and nervous because they don’t know their new classmates.
In order to make them feel comfortable with each other and the whole new classroom routine, it often helps to encourage them to be good listeners so that they can learn about each other’s beliefs,values and cultural backgrounds. This helps them to choose words and examples that will have relevant meaning to their classmates for the rest of the school year thus, they will be better prepared to collaborate all year long. Teachers also benefit from hearing the speeches in order to adapt future lessons to their new student’s backgrounds!
“Back to School Speech of Self-Introduction,” is available @teacherspayteachers.com ~ Norma Landa Flores is the author of “Assessment of Oral Communication & Pronunciation Competency,” in “Teaching Oral Communication Grades K-8,” Allyn & Bacon Publishing, "Street Corner Flight," in Mirrors & Windows: Connecting with Literature Grade 6-12, EMC/Paradigm Publishing and "Pronunciation & Communication Oral Skills for Speakers of English as a Second Language," McGraw Hill/Primus Publishing.