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LET’s Stand, Listen, Evaluate, Talk and Stand is a structured public speaking and oral language programme for primary schools. It is the first ever public speaking programme designed specifically for Irish students.

The structured programme facilitates the explicit development of listening, speaking and evaluating skills, along with 12 public speaking skills which include: Stand Up, Speak Out, Facial Expressions, Voice, Hand Gestures, Body Language, Eye Contact, Pause, Lovely Language, Structure, Prop and Story.

LET’s Stand is integrated across the elements of the Primary Language Curriculum, with opportunities for students to practise oral language, reading and writing skills in each lesson. Teachers can confidently meet the learning outcomes of the Primary Language Curriculum while giving students the opportunity to structure their writing under the six main writing genres of recount, narrative, procedure, report, exposition and explanation.

We all know that student who has so much to offer to classroom discussion but often lacks the confidence to share their opinions. LET's Stand empowers students with the skills to have their voice heard. A skill set that is essential for both learning and life. 

Given the decreased time students have spent communicating, playing, and developing friendships over the past two years, this programme is timely for students' oral language development, self-esteem and wellbeing. 

Siobhán Fitzgerald (M.Ed.) is a primary school principal and has been teaching for 28 years. Siobhán is passionate about giving young people a voice. She has taught in Japan, Saudi Arabia, France and Switzerland. Based on her research and experience, she developed the LET’s Stand programme and has seen the benefits from the years she has used the programme with her students. She is currently completing a PhD on the connection between oracy and self-confidence in young people.

Siobhán is an Advanced Toastmaster Gold, and a TEDx Speaker. She has recently recorded her own series of podcasts, ‘LET’s Stand Public Speaking podcast – ‘Speaking Up about Speaking Out’, to give voice to the public speaking potential of young people and to support teachers in beginning the public speaking journay with their students. 

Siobhán Fitzgerald - Author

Features of the Programme

  • The programme consists of four student workbooks, one teacher manual and online resources to support the teaching of the programme.
  • Student workbooks are designed to encourage, support and motivate students with fun, engaging illustrations, stories and writing frames to guide students on their public speaking journey.
  • The workbooks have QR codes, which means students can visit our online learning page when preparing their speeches at home. They can also listen to a variety of famous speeches from around the world.
  • The programme facilitates the integration of lessons across all areas of the curriculum, with students having the option to develop speeches around SESE, STEAM and the Arts.
  • The programme caters for students who find writing a challenge, with visual aids to allow them to structure what they would like to say.
  • Students are taught what it is to be an effective listener and are then supported in using these skills throughout the programme.
  • Evaluation cards encourage students to develop their listening and evaluation skills while offering feedback to their classmates in a form of peer assessment. Students are also encouraged to evaluate their own speeches and progress.

Implementing the programme in your school

  • There are ten projects in each of the four student workbooks, with an additional two projects in Irish to allow students to practise these skills during Irish lessons. There is also a leadership activity for classes to participate in.
  • Students are given hints and prompts to support them ahead of each presentation speech.
  • The books follow a sequence, where students are introduced to three skills in workbook A, adding three more skills as they move on to the next workbook and finishing up with having the twelve public speaking skills in the final workbook, D.
  • The programme is designed to be flexible, so if a school decides to pick up the programme in any class, they can easily revisit the skills taught in previous workbooks using the teacher manual and online programme resources.
  • Student choice is a key feature, where students may choose a topic or decide how long they wish to speak for.
  • Teachers may choose to take a topic a month and integrate it across other curricular areas.
  • The programme is inclusive, allowing for all students to navigate their individual speaking journey at their own pace and level.

LET's Stand - Primary Teacher Manual