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How to Teach Public Speaking to ESL or Literacy Students

I have the privilege of being both a teacher and a professional speaker. That means that I earn a portion of my living by facilitating workshops and giving keynotes on topics related to my fields of expertise - literacy and language learning.

I have not found many materials that specifically address the topic of how to teach public speaking to literacy or ESL learners, but there are a plethora of resources available to teachers. Here are some ideas for you.

The first place for adult learners to turn is to Toastmasters This is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to teaching people the skill of public speaking. They also have a link to free resources on their website.

Other places to find information on public speaking are organizations for professional speakers such as

Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS), National Speakers' Association (NSA) (U.S. based) Global Speakers Federation.

Members of organizations such as CAPS and NSA are fully trained, and earn a significant portion of their livelihood through speaking. Most pro speakers have spent thousands of hours in non-formal settings such as professional development workshops offered through organizations such as Toastmasters before they ever stepped into the professional realm.

Here are some ideas on how to teach public speaking to literacy learners or ESL students:

Workshop with a professional speaker