Why Every Student Should Learn Public Speaking in Middle School

In our private middle school, public speaking is part of our curriculum. The Quarry Lane School has a nationally recognized reputation in speech and debate, but even students who don’t wish to get involved competitively can benefit from learning the basics about speaking in public. The skills they learn in our public speaking courses will translate into many of their future pursuits as students and later as professionals. Here are some of the reasons every middle school student can benefit from learning public speaking skills.

It will help them succeed in college.

Our college prep curriculum is designed to ensure students are prepared to thrive at top universities. Public speaking is one of the skills that allows them to do so. Through public speaking, students gain confidence that allows them to contribute to classroom discussion and debate with peers from a wide range of backgrounds. Many college classes require presentations as part of their coursework, so having knowledge of how to make effective speeches in front of an audience can lead to better grades.

It teaches them to face their fears.

For people of all ages, public speaking is a top source of fear. When middle school students must face this fear early on and do so successfully, it teaches them a great deal about the importance of pushing through initially intimidating tasks. This lesson will resonate for a lifetime.

It helps them become better listeners.

Public speaking isn’t just about being heard. It is also about listening. To succeed as public speakers, students have to become active listeners. This skill will help them with everything from taking notes to improving their personal relationships.

Discover all of the exciting opportunities that are part of our private middle school curriculum at The Quarry Lane School by visiting one of our campuses. We’re available to answer all of your questions about our college prep school in Dublin and Pleasanton, CA. Call (925) 829-8000.


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