Our Business English students asked to have more practice in public speaking and presentations, so we looked outside the classroom for opportunities. The Toastmasters’ Club seemed to fit the bill as it was set up to provide for inexperienced speakers to improve their skills.
We went to the meeting at London Bridge on Monday and found that they lived up to their claim of being the friendliest. The hosts explained the format of the evening, and it was encouraging for our students to see that native speakers also face similar challenges.
We returned on Thursday, and were offered a chance to take the floor. One of our students, Hayder, went forward twice and spoke – with no prior warning or preparation – on his given topic (pictured top left). The first was to give a news story to the headline “Kitten Chokes on Mouse”, and the second on a for/against argument on “As Rudolph’s nose is now black, he should get the sack.” The audience could follow his presentations, and even laughed at his humour.