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Speech New Zealand aims to develop versatility in the use of language and oral presentation and performance skills.

We offer a range of syllabuses for all age groups, children and adults, in Speech, Drama, Public Speaking, Oral Communication within Schools, Professional Speaking and Oral Communication for those whose first language is not English. These teaching syllabuses are available free of charge.

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Released on 1 July 2020 the Flexi Speech and Drama Syllabus is Speech New Zealand’s newest syllabus. This is the first of two new flexi syllabi planned to run alongside our current Speech & Drama and Public Speaking syllabi.

The purpose of the flexi syllabus is to offer teachers and candidates more choice. One of the post lockdown educational findings is that students are feeling the pressure of having less time available to achieve their learning outcomes. The flexi syllabus offers teachers and candidates the opportunity to prepare for examinations within a shorter timeframe.

The Flexi Speech and Drama Syllabus is for Initial – Grade 8. A difference between the current and the flexi syllabus is that there are no modules in the flexi syllabus. In keeping with Speech New Zealand’s aim to offer more choice to teachers and candidates examinations are available by Zoom or face to face. Entries are made through our new, easy to access entry form on this website. The fees are the same as for the current Speech and Drama Syllabus. The Flexi Speech and Drama Syllabus is available online only.

Speech New Zealand is striving to offer more choice to teachers and candidates. Keep watching for the Flexi Public Speaking Syllabus to come on stream later in the year!

We can now confirm that from Term 3 we will be offering both face to face examinations AND Zoom examinations.

• During Term 2 teachers have the choice of opting for a Zoom examination on a centre tour date and on the last week of the month.

• From Term 3 face to face examinations will resume on the scheduled centre tour dates for the remainder of the year.

• From Term 3 Zoom exams will be available on the last week of each month. 

• During Term 3 we hope students who were not able to have their usual centre exam tours can be fitted into other centre tours where possible. 

We hope that the choice of face to face examinations along with Zoom examinations will offer teachers and students more flexible options.

All exam entries are now made online from this website.

The updated Public Speaking Syllabus is available on the website. Hard copy is available from your Local Secretary.