22nd July 2023
Marsiling Secondary School public speaking seminar, TeenTalk, is modelled after the Ted Talk showcase for speakers presenting well-formed ideas succinctly.
Public speaking and presentation of ideas are important skills that students need, as higher education often requires that students present their project work or defend their thesis before an academic panel.
When it first started in 2016, TeenTalk was conducted only in the classrooms as part of English lessons for Secondary 3 students. Students were taught public speaking and presentation skills. They would then plan and give a presentation on their chosen topics to their classmates. In 2018, an assembly contest was added to the programme. Top speakers from each Secondary 3 class would give a presentation on their topic to the entire school and a panel of judges comprising key personnel from other departments.
The school’s principal, Mr Leonard Koh, is excited to see the TeenTalk programme evolve and grow. He sees it as a valuable addition to the educational experience of students in heartland schools like Marsiling Secondary School.