The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is an academic award in a specific subject area that is given to high school students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Award speeches must be educational, sincere and full of gratitude. Since you are being honoured for your academic accomplishments, take time to praise those who have helped you along the way. Consider ways to capture the audience and show appreciation for the honour. In order to effectively write the speech, you should create a captivating title, describe the award, research important facts, summarise the important points and practice the speech diligently.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Create a dramatic and poignant title. Choose a title that sets the tone for your GCSE award presentation. Select a title that represents the content of your speech and grabs the attention of the audience. For example, a speech entitled "Pressing Forward" sounds appropriate for a GCSE award presentation, but it is stale and lacks dynamic elements. Choose a title like, "Riding a Bicycle Taught Me Everything I Need to Know about Physics" for a more interesting and creative approach.
Write the first five sentences of the speech. Express who you are and why this award is important to you. The audience wants to know that receiving the GCSE academic award is a big moment in your life. Introduce yourself with positive comments and an upbeat tone. Choose a strong, confident and heartfelt approach to draw in the listeners. Use a dramatic pause to bring emphasis to the first few sentences. Avoid prolonged jokes or silly remarks.
Research and orchestrate the points you want to make. Limit the number of points to three in order to keep the audience engaged in the content of the speech. Gather all the material you plan to use in the GCSE speech. Organise the information under the three main points. Select information that will make an impact on the listener. Discuss the meaning, process and requirements for obtaining the GCSE academic award. Keep the explanations concise and personal. Express why the award is important to you, and what you plan to do next. Incorporate comments expressing your gratitude into the speech. Make notes on 3X5 note cards that you can use for reference during the speech.
Summarise the points briefly and write a concise conclusion. Avoid lengthy detailed stories, cumbersome jokes and negative comments toward teachers, staff and fellow students. Repeat the title of the speech several times throughout the summary and conclusion. Use voice inflection, tone and volume to add dynamic elements to the conclusion of the GCSE speech.
Practice giving the speech. Practice the speech in front of a mirror. Rehearse the speech without any notes. Practice the speech using note cards. Give the speech to close friends and family before the main event. Familiarise yourself with the material, so you won't stumble or falter as you speak.
Tips and warnings
- Avoid jokes that could be offensive or inappropriate for an academic setting.
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