HELP! MY CHILD HAS A FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING!

  • Does your child suffer from intense anxiety prior to an oral exam or at the thought of speaking in front of the class?
  • Does your child avoid participating in events that requires him or her to share views and opinions?
  • Does your child suffer feelings of panic when required to attend an interview for a leadership position?

If you answer ‘Yes’ to any of the questions above, your child may be suffering from ‘Glossophobia’ which is the fear of public speaking.

In our 9 years of teaching over 1000 students from different schools, we realised that only ONE thing separates an inspiring speaker from an average one when it comes to communication. And that is:

Believing in yourself.

In fact,we found that 90% of our students that first come to us, struggle with this . . . and painfully it affects their self-confidence and self- esteem . . . making them feel that they have nothing worthwhile to share. They end up never speaking up or volunteering for opportunities to showcase their talents or abilities. Worst yet, you get that dreaded call from the form teacher informing you that your child is not participating in class discussions and it is going to affect their final grade by 10% – 15%.

At J Carter Centre for Public Speaking, we have the solution for you. Our Internationally recognised Programmes and graded examinations by Trinity College London and LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) will propel your child to achieve the following:

  • Your child will be skilled at writing and delivering inspirational speeches without needing you to do it for them
  • Your child will start LOVING to communicate views and opinions on various topics, and become motivated to speak better and in a more succinct manner
  • Your child can finally secure that leadership position that he or she rightfully deserves

The earlier you enrol your child in our public speaking courses the sooner you reduce his or her fear of public speaking.

With years of experience and learning from the best educators in Australia and United Kingdom, our programmes uses 5 methods to help your children build confidence:

Method 1: All our students are taught to use a simple speech structure to write their own speeches and learn to use 10 speech delivery techniques to gain the audience attention. A child’s anxiety can be reduced if they know how to craft their speeches and believe in their ability to gain the audience attention with their topic.

Method 2: Our classes are small ranging from 6 to 10 students. It has been suggested that children should practise speaking in front of smaller, less intimidating groups when they’re getting started in public speaking so we try to create a supporting and safe environment for your children using our 4 PS Rules!

Method 3: We tell children that it is okay to make mistakes when delivering a speech and teach them techniques to hide it from the audience.

Method 4: Our Programmes are designed to run for 16 weeks (LAMDA) or 19 weeks (Trinity) as the children need to gain experience in public speaking so that it will become easier for them to do. Research has shown that it takes 21 days to form a new habit so our programmes are designed to meet this criteria as closely as possible.

Method 5: Our Teachers are trained to not only teach communication skills but to also incorporate ‘EQ moments’ into the lessons. Children are encouraged to display good manners and show respect to their Teachers and peers. A reward system called, “Reach for the Stars” is used to encourage students to display positive behaviours.

Our holistic approach to teaching public speaking has resulted in 100% passes in Trinity College and LAMDA graded exams in communication skills and speaking in public. We are also the only centre in Singapore with the highest number of students winning the ‘High Achievers Award’ from Trinity College London in 2016.

Many of our students have also been streamed into GEP, DSA into IP schools and attained leadership positions as perfects, councillors, school ambassadors and CCA leaders.

It is time to take action NOW by signing up for our introductory workshop this June holidays.

Each day you delay registering your child for our Programmes will mean that your child will keep struggling while his or her peers continue to improve and excel.

Do you want to look back and regret not helping your child become a better speaker?

Will your child end up being robbed of educational and career opportunities in the future just because he or she is unable to speak up thus allowing others to take credit for his or her work?

Don’t hesitate any longer, call Nanz at 67372700 or drop her an email: info@jcartercentre.com to register your child today.

She can also answer any questions you may have about our programmes.

Other than that, all I want to tell you is:

Thank you for taking the time to read my post, my friends. Do ‘Like’ and share it if you know someone who needs to read this.

Sincerely,
Jackeline Carter
Founder/Director – J Carter Centre for Public Speaking

Congratulations! You have read up to this point. As a gift to you, if you mention seeing this blog post on FACEBOOK to Nanz when you call to register for the workshop or any of our Programmes, I will waiver the $40 new student registration fee.

Looking forward to seeing your children bloom at our centre!

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Congratulations to Augustus Tay for Achieving a Perfect Score in the LAMDA Speaking in Public Examinations!

Once again one of our students have achieved a first at J Carter Centre for Public Speaking! We are happy to announce that our student Augustus Gerald Tay has achieved 100 marks in LAMDA Speaking in Public Grade 3 Examinations held in June 2016. Augustus’ speech was based on his personal interest Magic.  Augustus is a student of Ms Jackeline Carter and is currently working on Trinity College London Communication Skills Grade 3 with DSA preparation.

If you are keen to enroll your child in our LAMDA Speaking in Public programme, please call our centre at 67372700 for information on 2017 schedule. We are currently registering students for 2017 Semester 1.

Congratulations Augustus, we are all very proud of you!

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AUGUSTUS GERALD TAY – Overall Top Scorer/Top in Grade June 2016

Congratulations to JulianTay for Achieving a GOLD at SPAF 2016!

We are proud to announce that our student Julian Tay has achieved a GOLD award for Public Speaking during the Singapore Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) 2016. Julian is a student of Ms Jackeline Carter and has been under her tutelage since 2014. He has constantly achieved Distinctions in his Trinity College London Communication Skills Examinations since Grade 4 and is currently working on completing Grade 8. We are all very proud of you!

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Julian Tay with Carol Lamont (Adjudicator)

Trinity College London Communication Skills Examinations Results – May/June 2016

Once again our students at J Carter Centre for Public Speaking have achieved amazing results in the Trinity College London Communication Skills Examinations for May/June 2016. Congratulations to all of our students. I am very proud of your achievements. Thank you for your hard work. 

Jackeline Carter 



GRADE 8

  1. Lakshana Kumar – Joint Top in Grade

  2. Leon Long Zeyu  – Joint Top in Grade

  3. Laranya Kumar – High Distinction

  4. Kelly Ong Si Hui – Distinction

  5. Carman Chew  – Distinction

  6. Charlene Chong Jia Xin – Distinction

  7. Long Zepeng – Distinction

  8. Toh Qian Qi –  High Merit

  9. Koh Bei Li – High Merit


GRADE 7

  1. Michael Lang Li-Yuan – Top in Grade

  2. Julian Tay Yong Sheng – High Distinction

  3. Ng Yan Khai Ryan –  Distinction

  4. Yue Shi Quan Sean – Distinction       

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Michael Lang Li-Yuan



GRADE 6

  1. Lau Shen-I – Top in Grade

  2. Loh Yih-Hang – High Distinction

  3. Maya Raisha Zainudin  – High Distinction

  4. Joanne Yate  – High Distinction

  5. Gabriel Alexander Wong Jun Yi – High Distinction

  6. Emmanuel Chong Chen Wei – Distinction

  7. Loh Xian Guo Bryan  – High Merit

  8. Loh Xian Yang Brendan – High Merit

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Lau Shen-I



GRADE 5

  1. Wee Li LIng Zara Grace –  Top in Grade

  2. Chong Rui Ting – High Distinction

  3. Sanshray Karthikeyan – High Distinction

  4. Xan Ng – Distinction

  5. Chong Chan How – Distinction

  6. Loh Li Ing Amelia – High Merit

  7. Jacob Tay Zhi Sheng – High Merit

  8. Stacey Jade Lo – Pass

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Wee Li Ling Zara Grace


GRADE 4

  1. Jermaine Ang (Hong Zhuomin) – Top in Grade

  2. Lim Xin Ni – High Distinction

  3. Alwyn Tok Hong Sheng – High Distinction

  4. Joye Lim Qian Qi – High Distinction

  5. Tan Wei Jun – High Distinction

  6. Khua Yan Han Cedric – High Distinction

  7. Chua Yaw Hong Frederick Vyner – Distinction

  8. Chong Kaelie – Distinction

  9. Hong Chun Yong Brendan – Distinction

  10. Nicholas Yee Sheng Cheung – Distinction

  11. Reyna Ong Si Ting – Distinction

  12. Stephanie Louisa Lo – Merit

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Jermaine Ang (Hong Zhuomin)


GRADE 3

  1. Jethro Lim Lei En – Joint Top in Grade

  2. Skylar Gen Johnson – Joint Top in Grade

  3. Koh Khee Png Mathew – High Distinction

  4. Yee En Ning – High Distinction

  5. Elizabeth Lang LI-Yuan – High Distinction

  6. Isaac Tay (Zheng Yiliang) – High Distinction

  7. Megan Lim Pei Xuan – High Distinction

  8. Janelle Teng Mei Xuan – High Distinction

  9. Darius Lye Ze Qi  – High Distinction

  10. Lim Sheeann  – Distinction

  11. Donald Chan Deng Tin – Distinction

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Jethro Lim Lei En


If you would like to see your child achieve excellent results in communication skills, you can consider signing up in 2017. The 2017 schedule is now available. Do call our centre at 67372700 for information.

DSA Book – As seen on Talking Point on 26 May 2016 is Out of Stock at J Carter Centre

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Dear Parents,

Thank you for your support in purchasing my book on DSA. For those of you who are keen to get a copy of my book, please purchase it directly from my publisher as my centre has run out of stock! I understand that my publisher still has copies of the book in stock. 

This is their contact information:

September 21 Enterprise Pte Ltd
No. 13 Toa Payoh Lorong 8, #04-06
Braddell Tech, Singapore 319261
TEL: 62560226
Email: info@september21.com.sg

Operating Hours
Monday to Friday: 10am to 6pm
Saturday: 10am to 3pm
Sunday & Public Holidays: Closed

 

Schools offering Communication/English Domain under DSA scheme

On April 8, 2016 – MOE has announced, “The Direct School Admission (DSA) scheme will be reviewed to recognise achievements and talents in specific areas – which was its original objective – instead of general academic ability.”

Like many parents, I was worried that it could mean denying a large group of students from the DSA scheme. For the last 8 years, I have been coaching many students on their speaking and interviewing skills and the majority of students that pass through my centre opted for the Academic domain when applying for DSA to the schools of their choice. I was silently praying that the changes would not be implemented until next year.

On May 9, schools across Singapore posted information on DSA selection criteria on their school website and I have to say it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Some schools did take away the Academic domain but they replaced it with domains related to it. For example, River Valley High School introduced “Communication” as a new option. For schools retaining Academic domains, they were asking for talent and qualifications in specific academic related areas – such as participation in Speech, Storytelling, Debates and Writing competitions under the English domain.

I am happy  for the majority of students who have come through my doors over the years because their LAMDA Speaking in Public or Trinity Communications Skills International Certification in Graded Exams can now play an even bigger role in helping them succeed in Direct School Admissions.

For  parents with younger children who may consider opting for these domains in the future, my advice to you is to start investing time and effort improving your children’s skills in Public Speaking, Spoken English, Storytelling, Debating and Creative Writing in order to build their portfolio in these areas. To help you, I have compiled a chart listing all the secondary schools which offer domains related to communication skills. I have also created a list of certifications and competitions that your child can participate in so as to boost their abilities in these areas.

Do bear in mind that primary schools do not always offer these competition experiences to every student. As a parent you have to speak to your child’s form teacher and tell her that you want your child to be considered for these competitions. As I come across more competitions, I will update the information in my blog.


SCHOOLS OFFERING ACADEMIC (ENGLISH) / COMMUNICATIONS DOMAIN

SOTA
http://www.sota.edu.sg/
Domain – Literary Arts

  • Creative Writing Portfolio (4 to 10 original works completed in the last 12 months)
  • Personal Story of 500 words (describe an event or incident which has made an impact on them or someone close to them)
  • Published Works/Relevant Credentials (Optional)

RAFFLES GIRLS’ SECONDARY SCHOOL
http://www.rgs.edu.sg/
Domain – Academic (English)

  • Able to demonstrate interest and talent beyond the abilities of students in the same age group and/or have a history of consistent high academic achievements in English.

RAFFLES INSTITUTION
http://www.ri.edu.sg/
Domain – Academic (English)

  • Demonstrate interest and talent in English Language beyond the abilities of children in your age group, and/or have a history of consistently high academic achievement.

RIVER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
http://www.rivervalleyhigh.moe.edu.sg//
Domain – Communication / Literacy (English)

  • Candidates should possess strong communication skills with achievements in writing or speaking in English
  • Achievements at the national/international level would be an advantage. Applicants will need to attach evidence of achievement at an appropriate platform that illustrates a high level of competence.

DUNMAN HIGH SCHOOL
http://www.dunmanhigh.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Academic (English)

  • 80% or higher score (or 70% or higher score for Gifted Education Programme students) for P5 Overall and P6 Mid-Year Examination or its equivalent,
  • Special Achievements in English Language

NATIONAL JUNIOR COLLEGE
http://www.nationaljc.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – NA

  • Academic excellence and potential
  • Leadership qualities
  • Active participation in CCAs
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to be both a team player and an independent learner
  • Sound character: has integrity and is responsible, resilient and compassionate

CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
http://www.catholichigh.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Academic (English)

  • Special achievements in English
  • Attained excellent outcomes for national and international competitions and proficiency assessments;
  • Demonstrated contributions to the advancement or spread of knowledge in English.

VICTORIA SCHOOL
http://vs.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Academic (Languages)

  • Excellent academic results for P5 overall and P6 Mid-Year Examination or its equivalent, and
  • Participation and achievements (e.g. competitions) in the talent areas applying for:
    – Languages
  • Shortlisted students will be requested to bring their portfolio of work for the interview

CHIJ ST NICHOLAS GIRLS’ SCHOOL
http://www.chijstnicholasgirls.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Creative Expression Talent

  • Students who are accomplished in the creative / literary / oratorical arts such as bilingual orator, published writer, music composer, etc.
  • Portfolio and/or published works (in PDF) / awards / other credentials

CEDAR GIRLS’ SECONDARY
http://www.cedargirlssec.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Academic (English)

  • Special Achievement in English Language
  • Excellent results in national/or international competitions in English Language such as the University of New South Wales Competitions
  • Any other academic competitions/achievements

ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (BARKER RD)
http://acsbr.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Applied Learning Programme (ALP) in Language and Humanities (Debates and Public Speaking)

  • Students will be required to come to auditions with a prepared speech (1 minute) on one of the following topics:
    -Social Media: Good or Bad?
    -Respect should be earned.
  • Students will also be given an impromptu topic to speak on during the auditions. They may also be required to discuss any points of interest with the auditioner/s.
  • They will be assessed on Style, which will include voice projection, articulation, clarity and expression.
  • They will also be assessed on Content, which will include their knowledge of current affairs, the nature of their arguments and how they express their opinions.
  • We will personally call all applicants who meet the requirements to attend the audition.

CHIJ St Joseph’s Convent
http://www.chijstjosephsconvent.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Applied Learning Programme (ALP)
The Art of Communication through Theatre and Debates.

  • A high level of confidence when conversing about social issues. Interested applicants would demonstrate a genuine interest in current affairs or national, community issues and are able to articulate their thoughts in a clear and organized manner,
  • Experiences in either debates and/or theatre. This means that candidates have had experience related to debating and acting in productions, especially in the presence of an unfamiliar audience,
  • Possess a strong command of the English Language as reflected in candidates’ written and oral communication,
  • Applicants will perform a short dramatic monologue as part of the audition process (dramatization). The choice of monologues will be provided to applicants.
  • Oral presentation during the interview process.
  • Achievements at national competitions/ internationally recognized certification (Drama and Debates)/ Participation and level of representation in school/public performances.

CHIJ Katong Convent
http://www.chijkatongconvent.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Communicative Arts

  • Strong oracy skills and a flair for public speaking
  • Top honours or awards won at Inter-school Oratorical or Debate competitions
  • Carried out master of ceremony duties for school-wide/community events e.g. Speech Day

Tanjong Katong Girls’ Sch
http://www.tkgs.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Debating

Students will be eligible if they have excellent performance (with commendations) in one of the following:

  •  National oratorical, public speaking, storytelling or debating competitions (e.g. Wits & Words, organized by MOE) or
  • Other oratorical, public speaking, storytelling or debating competitions

Greenridge Secondary
http://www.greenridgesec.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Learning for Life Programme (Literary Arts)

Interested applicants must produce a portfolio to show evidence of ability. The portfolio could include:

  • Records of participation (for CCA, competitions etc.) and achievements
  • Records of any involvement in school wide projects or community level programmes or projects
  • Records of any other achievements which are relevant to support your application
  • Testimonials or recommendation letters by primary school teachers or aesthetic coaches/instructors
  • Letter of reference from external coaches/instructors (if any)
  • Interview
  • Auditions or trials (where applicable) – Recite a poem, story-telling etc.

Holy Innocents’ High School
http://www.holyinnocentshigh.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Journalism & Broadcasting

  • Portfolio: Comprising achievements in journalism and broadcasting related performances, competitions, publications, etc.;
  • Audition: Quality of voice / writing and confidence in presentation;
    Demonstrate commitment and passion in Journalism and Broadcasting and participate actively in the related programmes throughout their 4 years in the school;
  • Take up Journalism and Broadcasting as the core CCA throughout their 4 years in the school.

Mayflower Sec School
http://www.mayflowersec.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Public Speaking & Debate

  • Participation in Oratorical/Public Speaking /Debating competitions
    Equivalent certification in area of participation
  • For Public Speaking requirements:
    Present a 3 minute speech on a given topic
    Be fluent in spoken English Language
  • For Debate requirements:
    Present a 5 minute argument on a given topic
    Be fluent in spoken English Language

Pasir Ris Crest Sec School
http://www.prcss.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – Effective Communication

  • Applicants must demonstrate a passion for communication related programmes /competitions and be committed to contribute to PRCS in the area for which they have been given DSA.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to go through a selection test as well as an interview.
  • Demonstrates strong communication skills (e.g. public speaking, debates or drama)
  • Achievement in competitions and performance experience are preferred.
  • Do well in the selection test. The selection test involves an audition that serve to assess the applicant’s mastery of the following: Confidence, Vocal Projection,  Clarity, Fluency, Stage Presence

Westwood Sec School
http://www.westwoodsec.moe.edu.sg/
Domain – LEARNING FOR LIFE PROGRAMME: Arts for Life! (Speech and Presentation)

  • Display project management and good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent past performance in debate/story telling competitions or qualifications in the respective disciplines

Interested applicants must produce a portfolio to show evidence of the above. The portfolio could include:

  • Evidence of participation and achievements in a particular art form (can be in the form of an official certificate, photographs, drawings, video etc)
  • Testimonials or recommendation letters by primary school teachers or aesthetics coaches/instructors outlining qualities of creativity, resilience and
  • Letters of reference from private coaches/instructors (if any)

Selection Process

  • Stage 1: All applicants will be expected to go through a selection interview conducted by a panel chaired by Principal, Vice-Principal and Dean. Applicants who successfully clear the interview will move on to Stage 2.
  • Stage 2: Shortlisted applicants from Stage 1 are required to attend a selection test / audition.

Methodist Girls’ School
http://www.mgs.sch.edu.sg/
Domain – NA

  • I have added MGS IP as an option because they will consider students base on academic ability only.
  • The feedback from the DSA talks is that more emphasis will be placed on English in the areas of writing and communication.

Areas of Achievements which you can use for DSA consideration

  • Trinity Graded Exams in Communications Skills.
  • Top scorer for TRINITY College London Graded examinations in Communication Skills.
  • LAMDA Speaking in Public
  • SPAF – Singapore Performing Arts Festival – (Public Speaking, Impromptu Speaking and Creative Writing)
  • International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) – English and Writing – Distinction/High Distinction
  • University of New South Wales (UNSW) Medals – English or Writing
  • YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards (PESA)
  • Babble & Speak Competition
  • The Moo-O Awards (Story-telling)
  • National Story Challenge (Story-telling)
  • Wits & Words: Inter-school Debate Championship
  • Primary School Debate Open
  • SOTA Creative Writing Competition
  • Young Authors Award
  • International Scenario Writing Competition
  • Commonwealth Essay Competition (Junior Under 14)
  • Budding Writers Competition
  • Odyssey of the mind (An international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for primary students. Team members apply their creativity to present their own interpretation of literary classics)
  • School Base competitions
  • Zonal/Inter-school competitions

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Heema Zainudin – LAMDA Grade 5 Distinction – Top Student November 2015

HOLIDAYS – A Grade 5 SPEECH BY LAU SHEN-I

Over the years, I have had many students who have written wonderful speeches and achieved Distinctions for the LAMDA and Trinity exams. I will begin posting some of these amazing works so that more people can enjoy reading them. The first one is by my student Lau Shen-I titled ‘Holidays’

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What type of holidays do you enjoy?

There are many different types of holidays such as relaxation, shopping and adventure holidays. Today, I am going to tell you about my holiday to Chengdu in China which was a shopping and adventure holiday. These two types of holidays allow you to explore and see what the place that you are going to has in store for you instead of just staying in your hotel. However, if you are usually very busy, I recommend that you go for a relaxation holiday as you can get away and rest from the rush of your daily life.

My holiday to Chengdu was a very memorable one as I went to many interesting and fun places and it was also the first time I visited a country during winter. I went to Chengdu for a total of five days. On the first day of the trip, my family was very tired from the flight so we rested. On the second day of the trip, we went shopping in a shopping mall called Global Centre. I enjoyed myself as I was able to interact with the locals and shopped for items that were inexpensive. I bought many art supplies as my hobby is painting and drawing. I also went ice-skating with my cousins and sister. After that, we went to an ancient building that has been around for more than 100 years. All the shops there were very old and they sold items that were related to ancient Chengdu. I bought some souvenirs to remind me of that place.

On the third day, we went to the panda reserve. Chengdu takes a lot of pride in its panda reserve, as it has been so successful that it has managed to breed its pandas and they are now thriving in their 5-star reserve. I saw many healthy-looking giant pandas and I even caught a glimpse of a cute red panda! Not only that, I managed to carry one of the adorable baby pandas. After looking at all the panda enclosures, my parents bought some unique panda stamps for me. I learnt that the Chinese worked extremely hard to have their own panda reserve which they finally succeeded in doing.

On the fourth day, my family and I went tobogganing on Chengdu’s snow mountain. We took a cable car up the mountain as it was very steep. As it was my first time seeing snow, I was very thrilled by the sight of it. We each bought a toboggan and slid down many steep slopes. Later, we ate the local food for lunch and it was really delicious. My family and I really enjoyed eating the Chengdu hot pot, which was great during cold weather. It consisted of a spicy broth and many vegetables and meat inside. On the last day of the trip, I felt very reluctant to go home as I really enjoyed my trip to Chengdu.

 All in all, I had a great time in Chengdu and I was also  exposed to the culture and different way of life of the Chinese. I know that you will enjoy your experience too and look forward to leaving for your trip.

Thank you

*Copyright J Carter Centre for Public Speaking PL. Please do not repost this speech.