On 16 December 2017 12 Tauranga migrants sat a whole-day exam to qualify for a Speech New Zealand certificate in Professional Speaking. The exam marked the formal end of a ten-week course, Professional Speaking for Migrants, offered by Multicultural Tauranga for the first time using a course syllabus developed by Speech New Zealand. The course was designed for migrants who wanted to gain the confidence and skills to be a captivating speaker at interviews, in social situations or at business events.
Course facilitator Pieter de Zwart prepared the class to:
- Speak in front of an audience about your job, skills, community interests, or about any interesting and/or memorable experiences.
- Make social speeches, such as introducing a speaker, farewell a colleague, or speaking at a dinner, funeral, weddings, accepting a prize or award, etc.
- Participate in work-related role plays such as dealing with complaining customers or doing job interviews.
- Read something aloud (e.g. an article, book extract, etc.) in a way that maintains the interest and understanding of an audience.
- Develop and presenting talks using audio-visual media, like MS PowerPoint.
- Listen to talks and being able to provide constructive feedback
Examiner Gabrielle Thurston, who is Chairperson of Speech New Zealand and runs her own speech training business Catch A Rising Star, was delighted to announce that all 12 participants had passed the exam. “It is amazing and highly satisfying to see how much people can achieve in only ten weeks to improve their public speaking skills.”
A special event to hand out official Speech New Zealand certificates will take place just before Christmas – a well-deserved award for the hard work every one of them had put into their exam preparations.