You Speak Portsmouth has just completed its week of ‘Listening’ skills. Along with being incredibly important for everyday life and in the workplace, listening in a debate is vital because it allows you to scrutinise the oppositions points and conjure up the most appropriate rebuttals.
One of the tasks involved giving one half of the students a ‘speaking role’ where they were to talk about their interests for a minute to the other half of the students who were given a ‘listening role’. However, the listeners were given a secret task to stop listening after 30 seconds, which was hugely frustrating for the speakers and demonstrated the importance of listening!
Along with this skill, we also debated wether or not students should be allowed to publicly grade their teachers, and this week Bea from Portsmouth Academy won debater of the week. She used key words, spoke fluently and utilised personal anecdotes to illustrate her point of why this could be damaging for teachers. Well done Bea!