KS3 English (key stage 3) will have speaking and listening formally taught, unlike earlier years. This guide will explain what your child will be learning in years 7-9.

 

Variations of English

Texts and reading materials introduced in KS3 English classes may be from a range of English dialects. Works written in English but from different time periods, cultures or regions tend to have a different style of English. Your child will be learning how to understand the main message of the text and will draw comparisons between different styles of English speech. Some schools may encourage children to perform monologues or short drama pieces using the style of English used in a different culture or time period, such as a Shakespearian monologue.

 

Speeches

Your child will also learn how to write and perform a speech. KS3 English lessons will teach your child how to use, rhetorical questions, repetition, patterns of three, contrast, emotive language and evidence (e.g. statistics) in their speeches. Speeches should be written in Standard English. It may be helpful for your child to practice their speech at home first. This will help them to ensure they are speaking at a good volume, tone and pace as well as making good use of facial expression.

 

Debates

Debating is a way for your child to practice both their speaking and listening skills in a highly organised way. In class debates as well as formal and organised debates will be a strong feature of KS3 English. In an organised debate, there are two teams, a proposition team and an opposition team who argue about a specific topic, called a motion. The proposition team starts and will explain their viewpoint on the motion. After a set time, the opposition team will make their argument. Reflecting on what the opposition has said, the proposition team will make a counter argument. The opposition will then have another turn. This will continue until everyone on the team has spoken. It is important to listen to what is being said, as it is common for surprising points to be raised, which will have to be challenged by the other team. Therefore, listening skills are highly important. Effective listening will allow teams to strengthen their argument, weaken the opposition and win the debate.

 

KS3 English Speaking and Listening: Resources

KS3 English speeches worksheet

FREE Speeches worksheet

 

Understanding the components of a good speech will help your child to write and perform excellent speeches themselves. This free KS3 English worksheet has some famous speeches for your child to read. They should identify the strengths of theses speeches and the effect they have on the audience.