Examinations

Speech New Zealand has been conducting examinations throughout the nation since 1966. We currently assess exams across seven syllabuses, Communicating in Leadership,  ESOL,  Oral CommunicationProfessional Speaking,  Public Speaking,  Speech & Drama and Theatre In Action.

Professional Speaking

The Professional Speaking syllabus is aimed at candidates who would like to develop personal confidence and effective oral language skills in the workplace. The syllabus encourages formal and informal speaking situations, appropriate to occupation and/or profession and personal presentations appropriate for workplace purposes and occasions. Candidates will be helped in developing personal confidence and fostering interpersonal relationships in the workplace.

Public Speaking and Communication

The Public Speaking syllabus is aimed at students who would like to develop versatility and confidence in the use of language. Candidates will increase their ability to express thoughts and opinions with clarity, improve listening skills, and extend social skills. The syllabus teaches students to structure and present speeches appropriate to an audience, purpose and occasion within a supportive environment.

Communicating in Leadership

The Communication in Leadership syllabus encourages students to increase their understanding of leadership and extend their social skills. Candidates will develop versatility and confidence in the use of language, increase their ability to express thoughts and opinions with clarity and improve listening skills. The syllabus is designed to assess candidates’ ability to structure and present speeches appropriate to an audience, purpose and occasion.

Speech and Drama

The Speech and Drama syllabus is aimed at students who are interested in building knowledge in all aspects of Drama. This includes elements of characterisation, poetry, talks and impromptu exercises. Students will build on general communicative skills while increasing their imagination and confidence in a supportive environment. The syllabus encourages group examinations.

Speech and Drama 2014 Associate and Advanced Associate Syllabus

Speech and Drama 2014 Associate and Advanced Associate Syllabus

Theatre in Action

The Theatre in Action syllabus encourages students to collaborate with others in a group situation. Students will learn to communicate and interpret ideas through poetry, stories and drama. The Speech New Zealand Theatre in Action syllabus is designed to work alongside a wide range of community activities in drama and theatre and complement the drama curriculum at primary and secondary levels.

Oral Communication

The Oral Communication syllabus encourages students to understand, respond to, and use English in a variety of contexts. Students will learn to use verbal and non-verbal language appropriate for communication, while building a sense of confidence and achievement in their English language skills.

ESOL

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) syllabus encourages students to understand, respond to and use the English Language in a wide range of situations. Students will learn to use verbal and nonverbal language appropriate to different situations, while building confidence working in a team. These are not always group exams