Public Speaking & Debate Competitions: Are Students Really The Participants?

For the past 2 weeks, I've been preoccupied with preparing 2 speeches for the Public Speaking competition & rewriting 2 scripts for the Debate team of my school.
Unfortunately, my students are yet to possess the intellectual & linguistic competence to write a high level script on their own.
So it's up to the teachers to write the scripts for them & train them to read (no, I mean deliver) the scripts effectively.
The best part is... some of the educators are less than competent themselves... which means extra work for me: proof-reading & rephrasing.
Call me conceited but the longer I work here, the more I feel that I'm head & shoulders above the rest. Either that or I work too hard.

That's what I've been doing day, night & even through the weekends.
That's on top of my official duties of preparing for lessons, carrying lessons out, extra classes, marking exercises, co-curricular activities & setting papers for the coming exams.
Oh, let's not forget that I'm also reviving the English Language Society which until now has only existed in name.
We're meeting every week & we've run several activities already.

It's strange. Instead of feeling bogged down & worn out...
I feel energised & even more motivated to do better.
The students.
They react so well to my input & they are absorbing all that I give them like blood-thirsty sponges.
They also manage to surprise me with their creativity, obedience & considerate gestures.
I love them so much. They fuel my passion.

I'm just curious...
At your school, who is really participating in these competitions?
Do the teachers do most of the work, like in my school, or are your students left on their own?


  1. Omg! we r in the same situation! i m also in the process of writng 4 speeches 4 compettion.. n my school is just like urs~ but u r rite it's weird that we feel happy after doing all those extra works. we can feel joy flowing like a river inside :)

  2. i find that must be very unfair D: whats the point of the competition if the teachers are writing it ?

    we dont.. have an official competition. not that i know of anyway. lol. but when in class, to see whos top of speeach giving, we have to come up with everything on out own.

    but then again, we are all more then capable - just the matter of will power & laziness

  3. Oh wow. Well you know how the debate team is run in SMKPT right?

    I dont know about the other better schools like CBN, V.I and St John's though. I think they would write their own speeches and do their own research and come up with their own points.

    But thena again, the students in a city cant really be compared with the rest.


  4. during my school days, teacher will guide us and we have to prepare the text by our own..

    btw, u r a good teacher, keep up the good work!!=)

  5. Anonymous25/4/10 06:56

    This is all crap! I did that for years...and felt it was absolutely meaningless. And the biased, incompetent judging! Just because the pihak atasan wanted some things going on to show that all was well - all bluff! I think some of the city schools with more proficient students - the students do everything...but not the majority.

    Btw, public speaking - prepared speech - no need to be original - I saw participants with pages downloaded from the internet - just printed out with the site template and all...

    Incidentally, there is the Teachers' Debate every year - maybe you should form a team for your division...and go to the nationals!

  6. In my school, the participants of the debate team do their own scripting. All the teacher does is think of the topic for discussion and grade them after each debate.

    Yeah, the team is capable of handling tough stuff.

  7. Farah: Awesome, isnt it? =)

    Ellie: Between classes or classmates, it's fine to let the students do the text themselves.
    However, when you have a school's reputation as well as a teacher's ego to consider, well... compromises have to be made.
    Anyway, you would not have any idea how inadequate even my best students are.
    I'm actually talking about an inter-school debate fyi.

    Sarah: That right. Students in the city can never be compared to the students where I am at... in the Amazon.

    Adnin: I can guide them. But I'd rather write my own for an inter-school competition.
    Thanks, Adnin!

    Arthur: I've been talking to the PPD about joining the teacher's debate but I have yet to receive any invitation letters. I believe I will rock their world. But well, I have yet to prove it. haha~~

    Vio: You're talking about intra-school debates. I'm writing for an inter-school debate la...

  8. if it's an inter-school competition, teachers are the ones who will be busy writing speeches or texts and students in my school will just have to deliver it right. sometimes, i think they get it too easy.

  9. oh i see.. good luck then ^^

    speaking of speeches, i have to come up with a topic by thursday. i guess its that time of yeah everyone dreads when we have to puplicly speak. ha!.


  10. Tasha: Dont think. They ARE getting it easy!!!

    Ellie: I enjoy public speaking. Heck. I do it for hours every day.


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