Public speaking is a very important skill to develop in students, especially in today’s world. Navy Speakers club provides our 5th and 6th-grade students with opportunities to hone their public speaking skills, learn various techniques/sources to gather research on various topics, and practice healthy ways to exchange ideas through structured speeches and debates. The intent is to provide exposure to our students to the various speech types and techniques in non-competitive, safe atmosphere.  The Navy Speakers Club is partnering with the Virginia Debate Academy, a local organization that brings high-school and college-level debate and speech stars to Navy to introduce our students to various forms of persuasive and informative speech styles.

Participation: The Navy Speakers Club is open to 5th and 6th graders at Navy Elementary.  Applicants will be required to submit a statement of interest which explains why they want to join the Navy Speakers Club and how they would benefit from this enrichment program.  A select group of Navy teachers will review the statements and select the students for the club.  A Google Doc for students to complete their statement of interest will be posted here on October 3rd with a deadline of October 10th.

Registration Process: The selected students will be contacted via email to register in the program for a registration fee of $55 to cover the course content and judge/instructor time.

Program Structure: The club will meet once a month, on a Thursday, from 6-8pm at Navy Elementary Cafeteria. The sessions will alternate between instruction sessions and demonstration sessions.  See the complete calendar dates below:

Instruction Date Demonstration Date
October 24th, 2019 November 21st, 2019
January 23rd, 2020 February 20th, 2020
March 19th, 2020 April 16th, 2020
May 7th, 2020 May 21st, 2020

During the instruction session, the students will be divided into groups of 9 to learn the selected speech type from a high-school instructor (that is part of high-school speech teams).

During the demo session, the students will have an opportunity to present to their peers in front of a friendly audience and a panel of judges. The judges will provide students with constructive feedback at the end of the session.

Program Launch Date: The selection process is expected to be completed by mid-October and selected students will be asked to register before the first session on October 24th.

Contact Information: For more information about the program, please contact Radha Somanchi at radha.somanchi@gmail.com or Uzma Geloo at uzma.geloo@gmail.com.