Jr. High Speech
Tutor: Andrea Merboth
Email: andrea.merboth@chatclasses.com
Length: 1st Semester Only Class Period:  Wednesday, period 4

Description:   We all have thoughts and ideas but speaking about them in public can be a terrifying prospect. Jr. High Speech is a class where 7th and 8th graders can approach building confidence and skill in public speaking using fun techniques such as performing radio broadcasts, sports broadcasting, sharing a story, summarizing a movie, imitating an historic Bible person, and teaching a topic. There will be individual, dyadic and group exercises to grow both speaking, and listening skills. We will analyze a few speeches to glean styles and substances needed for a good speech and end up having a whole lot of fun doing it!

Confidence, comfort, and eloquence in speaking is not something you can learn from a textbook. It takes time, examples, critical analysis, trial, feedback, and practice. Many speech programs encourage participation in speech programs for 2-3 years in order to really build the blocks of public speaking. Jr. High Speech is a great first step to public speaking, and students are encouraged to follow this class with the Public Speaking and Debate class, which moves at a slightly faster pace and engages in deeper, more mature topics both culturally and Biblically.


Covid - 19 Contingency Plan - In the event that we are forced to transition to online classes at any point in the school year, this class will continue to be held. 

Tutor: Andrea Merboth has a BA in Occupational Therapy. She has homeschooled 4 children and been a high school Sunday School teacher for ten years as well as a coach/leader in Bible Quizzing for twelve years. For three years she was involved in the excellent Institute for Cultural Communicators (ICC) both in their speech/communications program and their debate program. She also has taught Speech for two years at the TRUTH Academy and has directed several plays, one-acts and skits, all which help to develop a student’s ability to speak in public. The comfort that Mrs. Merboth has in speaking in public was born out of her youth involvement as an assistant to a magician and later, to over ten years performing on stage with a band. Comfort on stage and before the microphone has opened many doors and proven that those who are comfortable and skilled will be the voice that is heard in a crowd-something which is critical to reaching the hearts of generations of people for Christ.

Cost: $205, $215 or $225 (depending on registration date)
: Grades 7-8

Prerequisite: None
Homework: Weekly assignments regarding writing speeches or researching something to speak on
Text: None
Supplies:  Pencil and notebook