AMT7 Panel discussion04 juil. 2016
The English department decided to hold a session on emotive and persuasive writing, in which students had to choose a current or controversial topic that they strongly about. A few choices were animal testing, fox hunting and the EU referendum. Once the students had chosen their topic, they had to research facts about the topic and write a speech that they would deliver to their class and hopefully persuade them to take the same viewpoint as them by the end. The students then delivered their speech to the class, whilst the rest of the students assessed how persuasive the speech was and its overall effectiveness in changing the minds of its audience. A class discussion was then held to discuss the most persuasive speeches and why they were the most convincing.
Students were able to improve their persuasive and emotive writing skills by discussing a topic they hold close to their hearts. Many students had never spoken in front of a crowd before so were very nervous about the idea of presenting it to the class but, by the end, they were able to confidently deliver their speech to the class. Some students said that this activity has boosted their confidence to complete public speaking tasks and many said that they felt that they would be able to participate in a debate about current topics. Charlotte expressed that she has learnt a lot of information about current and controversial topics by doing this type of activity because lots of students chose to focus on different topics.