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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S.T.E.M Domain? What is that?

You are attending a DSA talk by a popular secondary school. They are talking about the revised domains that the school will be offering from 2017. There are the usual domains such as Sports, Aesthetics, Bi-lingual and S.T.E.M. Wait . . . what in the world is S.T.E.M? How will my child be able to qualify for this domain when she is only 12 years old!

Don’t despair, let me explain in layman terms what it all means. This abbreviation is well-know to many who are in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths because it was introduced years ago in the United States to encourage students to focus more in these areas of studies. When it was introduced in the United States, it was considered “the next big thing” in education. The reasoning behind STEM education is that the United States was not preparing  sufficient number of students, teachers and practitioners in the STEM fields. Secondly, their industries needed more workers in these fields due to an aging workforce and an increasingly innovative world market.

Now this sounds very familiar especially since our Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong said that he wants to convert Singapore into a “Smart Nation”. Thus we are in need of workers who are able to work in STEM fields and are innovative as well. So, how does all this result in a secondary school coming up with a STEM domain for DSA?

Let me try to enlighten you on the logic behind this choice of domain. When the Education  Minister announced that IP schools should not offer academic domains for DSA, it places IP schools into a conundrum because they need highly proficient students to DSA into their schools. Without strong academic abilities especially in Maths and Science, the school will have difficulty preparing students for the A’levels with a focus on these subjects. (In general the humanities students are usually fewer in these schools or discouraged to take this route, if possible). So how can a school create a talent for students without non-academic talent?  The answer is S.T.E.M.

This domain is so broad that many students including GEP students can easily select this domain and successfully get a Confirm Offer (CO). The range of abilities that can fall under this domain are plenty and very subjective. After all IP schools still have full autonomy to make the final selection.

So what will students learn to do if they are place in the STEM programme? Hopefully they will be taught how to apply their knowledge to real world problems. After all that is the original purpose of a STEM education.

So how should you position your children’s list of achievements to quality for this domain? You can use the strategy describe below to help you submit an attractive application to the school:

  1. Excellent results in Maths and Science. (In STEM education, success in science and maths is important. Technology and Engineering is only integrated into the syllabus when appropriate.)
  2. Maths Olympiad and Science Olympiad successes make a great impact on your child’s application. (Students must also know how Maths and Science are used to solve real world problems. This question will most likely be asked during the interview.)
  3. Other areas of achievements/abilities to enhance your application:
    • Creativity, Design and innovation (All those E2K school projects/competitions where students had to create and build something is going to come in useful now)
    • Robotics
    • IT skills (e.g. coding which is the rage now)
    • Problem-solving skills
    • Critical thinking skills
    • Able to work in teams
    • Public Speaking Skills (You need to be able to present your project ideas)

The good news is that 2017 is the first year this domain is introduced so they will focus more on those students who show a strong ability in Maths and Science. In the following years when it becomes a more popular domain, they will start looking beyond just Maths and Science and look for qualities similar to those I have highlighted in bullet no. 3.

As more schools start announcing new and unique domains, I will try to break it down  into layman terms for everyone. All the best on your DSA journey.

Regards,

Jackeline Carter (Public Speaking/DSA Coach)

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New Talent Development Communication Programme – starting January 2018

Dear Parents,

DSA selection process will be focusing on talent and not academics from 2018. Many children who will be going through DSA selection in 2018 are caught in a bind especially if they have not focused on developing a talent.

Moving forward, I will be introducing a Talent Development Communications Programme that will help students who will be attempting the DSA route in 2020 and 2021. Soothsayers may say it is a little too early to prepare for DSA however I beg to differ especially if you intend to develop a talent in your children. Talent development takes a few years especially if it is in the area of Public Speaking and Debates.

As the commitment on the part of your children will be 2 to 3 years, it is recommended that you only enroll your children in Talent Development if they have a love for public speaking, debates and creative writing or it will be extremely stressful for your children.

In order to ensure the success of every child who signs up for Talent Development, I will personally be coaching these classes. As my schedule is limited, I may only be able to offer one class per grade. Children in the regular LAMDA and Trinity College Communications classes will still be taught by the other highly qualified trainers at our centre. I will  return to teaching primary students full-time from January 2018 while the teen classes will be taught by Ms Joyce Carter.

(This will be the last year I will be teaching teens for a while so if you would like your teen to take my class this year, there are still 7 places in the Trinity Grade 4 class for Semester 2 starting in July 2017)


Here’s a timeline for Talent Development Programme starting in January 2018 (for students born in 2009):

Year 1 – (Primary 3)

Semester 1 (January to May 2018) – LAMDA Grade 2 (Foundation skills 1)

June Holidays Workshop – Preparation for SPAF 2018 competition (Creative Writing and verse Categories)

Semester 2 (July to Nov 2018) – LAMDA Grade 3 (Foundation skills 2)

Year 2 – (Primary 4)

Semester 1 (January to May 2019) – Trinity College Grade 2 (with focus on competition training in the areas of Story-telling and public speaking)

June Holidays Workshop – Preparation for SPAF 2019 competition (Creative Writing, Public Speaking Categories)

Semester 2 (July to Nov 2019) – Trinity College Grade 3 (with focus on Impromptu speaking and Current Affairs )

Year 3 – (Primary 5)

Semester 1 (January to May 2020) – Trinity College Grade 4 (with focus on Debating)

June Holidays Workshop – Preparation for SPAF 2020 competition (Creative Writing, Public Speaking and Impromptu Categories)

Semester 2 (July to Nov 2020) – Trinity College Grade 5 (with focus on Success principles.)

Year 4 – (Primary 6)

Semester 1 (January to May 2021) –  DSA Preparation for the following Domains:

  • English
  • Communications
  • Creative Expressions
  • Public Speaking and Debate
  • Bi-lingual
  • Creative Writing/Literary Arts

Here’s a timeline for the Talent Development Programme starting in January 2018 (for students born in 2008) :

Year 1 – (Primary 4)

Semester 1 (January to May 2018) – Trinity College Grade 2 (with focus on competition training in the areas of Story-telling and public speaking)

June Holidays Workshop – Preparation for SPAF 2018 competition (Creative Writing, Public Speaking Categories)

Semester 2 (July to Nov 2018) – Trinity College Grade 3 (with focus on Impromptu speaking and Current Affairs )

Year 2 – (Primary 5)

Semester 1 (January to May 2019) – Trinity College Grade 4 (with focus on Debating)

June Holidays Workshop – Preparation for SPAF 2019 competition (Creative Writing, Public Speaking and Impromptu Categories)

Semester 2 (July to Nov 2019) – Trinity College Grade 5 (with focus on Success principles)

Year 3 – (Primary 6)

Semester 1 (January to May 2020)  – DSA Preparation for the following Domains:

  • English
  • Communications
  • Creative Expressions
  • Public Speaking and Debate
  • Bi-lingual
  • Creative Writing/Literary Arts

Students in the Talent Development Programme are encouraged to participate in communications/writing competitions through their schools and public competitions. All students are also strongly encouraged to take the Trinity College Graded examinations for each grade in order to aim for the High Achiever Award from Trinity College London. For those who show a strong creative writing ability, they will be encouraged to participate in The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition.

This programme focuses on developing communication talent and confidence in primary students to prepare them for the rigors of IP and Specialist secondary schools.

If you have any questions about the Talent Development Programme, you may email me at carter@jcartercentre.com

For students who are in Primary 4 this year, you may enroll in the Trinity Grade 2 class with competition training  starting in July 2017. There are still 2 places left. I will personally be teaching the class. Please call 67372700 to register.

Regards,

Jackeline Carter (Founder of J Carter Centre for Public Speaking)

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We are sponsoring the Singapore Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) 2017

Dear Parents,

The Singapore Performing Arts Festival 2017 is now open for registration. This year J Carter Centre for Public Speaking will be sponsoring two of the Categories – Public Speaking and Impromptu Speaking. The organizers has decided to offer a $50 cash award to the top 3 overall best speakers for these two categories. 

All speakers who scores 75% and above will be awarded a report and a Gold, Silver or Bronze Certificate. You can choose one category or both categories as they will take place one after the other.
The competition for these individual categories will be on Sat morning, July 29, 2017. It will be held at Chinese Swimming Club near Marine Parade. For the Public Speaking Category, students will receive the topic one month before the competition. 
You can enroll directly with the organizers by downloading the form from this link:
 
If you have more questions, please contact MS Works directly.
Regards,
Jackeline Carter
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Julian Tay, winner of Gold Award SPAF 2016 – Public Speaking Category. (Student of J Carter Centre for Public Speaking)

 

 

 

Another Perfect Score in the Trinity College Graded Examinations in Communication Skills – Themis Lai

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We have achieved another first at J Carter Centre for Public Speaking! Congratulations to our student Themis Lai for scoring 100 marks in the Trinity College Graded Examinations in Communication Skills – Grade 3.

In November 2016, at the tender age of 9 years, Themis was able to impress a tough examiner from United Kingdom with a speech based on a news article titled “Plot to attack Marina Bay with rocket from Batam foiled”. Although she is not the first student at our centre to achieve a perfect score in this exam, she is our youngest to date. Students attempting Grade 3 are usually 11 or 12 years old however Themis displayed an amazing talent in public speaking when she was doing the LAMDA Speaking in Public programme at age 8 and was talent spotted to move into the more challenging Trinity College Communication Skills programme by one of our trainers.

Themis is currently preparing for the Grade 4 examinations in May 2017 and will be completing her Grade 5 by end of 2017. We look forward to seeing her achieve even more amazing results this year.

If you are keen to enrol your child in our Trinity College Communication Skills programme, please call our centre at 67372700 for more information. We are currently registering students for semester 2 and places are filling up very fast. We will be offering classes ranging from Grade 2 to Grade 7 for semester 2.

You can also ask about our unique programmes such as the Grade 2 with Competition Coaching and DSA Preparation Course.

You may visit this link for updates on vacancies: http://jcartercentre.com/schedule-s2-2017/

Recommended Workbooks for GAT & HAST (Abstract Reasoning) Tests

Your child is sitting for an important Abstract Reasoning test. Many people advised you that it is not necessary to prepare your child for it so you did not think twice about the matter. On the day of the test, your child nervously enters the examination centre, he opens his test papers and is overwhelmed by  a series of diagrams that stares back at him. He doesn’t understand the questions. His six years of primary schooling has never prepared him for such a test. How is he going to answer all the questions in the allotted time?

Every year, thousands of students sit for the GAT or HAST test in order to gain entry to IP schools. This is usually the first phase of the DSA selection process and if your child is unable to test well for this segment, he/she will not move on to the next phase of the process. There are several ways to prepare your child for this test however the easiest and most inexpensive way is to purchase workbooks for your child to practise with. Unfortunately, such books are not produced in Singapore so most parents end up signing their children up for GAT preparation classes which can be expensive.

As a DSA coach, I am constantly looking out for workbooks produced in other countries that will be suitable for your children to use in preparation for these tests. When I find them, I will ask my publisher to order the books and recommend it to parents who are helping their children prepare for the tests. Early this year, I came across 3 new publications which I ordered from overseas. (It was very expensive as I had to order direct from the retailer). I was very excited upon receiving the books as it is perfect to use in preparation for GAT and the Abstract Reasoning segment of HAST.

For the past few years, I have been giving out GAT worksheets which I have compiled over the years to my students who are enrolled in the DSA Preparation Course. Last year the feedback I received from my students was that the worksheets were too easy. Upon hearing this, I started looking for replacement workbooks that would have clear explanations and more challenging questions. I am happy to announce that I have succeed in this aspect so now I would like to share these books with you.

The publisher of my book, Success Strategies for Direct School Admissions – has kindly agreed to take orders for the books and bring it in from her supplier. This will be more cost effective as she can offer the book at a better price if she is ordering in bulk. It will also save you a lot of time and money using this route as I have compared the cost verses what I paid for when I ordered it from overseas myself.

My publisher, September 21 Enterprise has also agreed to extend a 5% discount when you put in your order if you mention my name, Jackeline Carter or the name of my centre, J Carter Centre for Public Speaking. You can call them at 62560226 or visit their website for contact details:

http://www.september21.com.sg/contact.html

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DSA PREPARATION COURSE

If your child is in Primary 5 this year and intends to sign up for the DSA Preparation Course at J Carter Centre for Public Speaking in July, please don’t purchase the books as I will be issuing all 3 copies to my students as part of the course materials.

Registration is now open and the classes in July are filling up fast. The details are as follows:

Saturday, 4.15 pm to 5.45 pm – 2 places left 

Sunday, 10 am to 11.30 am – 6 places left

Classes start on 1 or 2 July 2017 and runs for 19 weeks. For more details please call our centre at 67372700 and speak to Nanz. She will furnish you with all the information. (Only for Primary 5 students in 2017)

Results for November 2016 LAMDA -Speaking in Public Examinations

Once again, our centre has achieved amazing results in the LAMDA Examinations. We had 100% passes with a Distinction rate of 93%. 64 out of 69 students who took the examination at our centre achieved a Distinction. The highest scores were 96 out of a possible 100. We are happy to say the 4 of our students from various grades achieved a score of 96%. Congratulations to all of our students, parents and teachers for putting in the effort needed to achieve such amazing results.

In the LAMDA Speaking in Public programme, Students are taught to write and deliver their own speeches using proper speech writing techniques as well as verbal and non-verbal techniques to deliver the speech in front of an audience. There is also a segment on ‘Discussion and Conversation’ which teaches the students to interact on a 1 to 1 basis  and to hold a conversation on topics that interest them. This segment of the programme has helped many of our students achieve high scores in English Oral Examinations in school.

There is still time to enrol your child in Public Speaking classes for Semester 1. We have very few places left. If you miss registering for Semester 1, the next intake will be in July 2017. We do not take in any students once the classes starts. The spaces remaining are mainly for lower primary students. All other classes are full. To find out more about the LAMDA Speaking in Public programme, please go to this link:

https://www.lamda.org.uk/examinations/all-examinations/communications-examinations/speaking-in-public

Our programme is 16 weeks long with an In-house test at the end of semester. Students who are keen to acquire an International Certificate which is recognised by MOE can register for the LAMDA exam. The examiner will fly in from London to conduct the examinations at our centre.

All of our trainers are specially selected and trained by our founder Jackeline Carter. Every year, many adults apply to teach at J Carter Centre but only a selected few who meet the stringent requirements set forth by Jackeline will be selected to undergo training and be given an opportunity to teach at J Carter Centre. Trainers’ performances are constantly being reviewed and those that do not maintain the standard of teaching required will no longer be offered assignments at J Carter. This is to ensure that the quality of teaching will not be affected and every student will receive the attention needed even if they are not in a class taught by our Founder.

If you would like to find out more about our programmes or enrol your child in a Semester 1 class, please call our centre at 67372700 and our centre manager will recommend the correct grade and programme for your child. You can also visit our website at http://www.jcartercentre.com for more information.

The vacancies available for Semester 1 are as follows:

Entry 2 – Start Date: Wednesday, 18 January 2017 – 5 places left.

Entry 1 – Start Date: Thursday, 26 January 2017 – 1 place left.

Grade 1 – Start Date: Thursday, 26 January 2017 – 4 places left.

Grade 3 – Start Date: Thursday, 26 January 2017 – 1 place left

Students who enroll in weekday classes will enjoy $100 weekday discount.

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