The ability to speak in public is a critical 21st century skill for our students, who are provided numerous opportunities to practice their speaking skills in the ForWords' programs.
Students prepared a "Mock Trial" and performed the trial for the community as well as for peers at local schools. They focused on immigration raids with each student researching a particular role, such as police officer, welfare worker, or attorney, after which the students presented their arguments for and against the complex issues involved in this contemporary challenge.
Learning about local issues is an important experience for our students and so they studied and researched prostitution, gang violence, drug/alcohol abuse, child abuse, and environmental waste disposal. They then prepared spoken editorials about their topics, rehearsed these editorials "on camera" and presented their pieces on a local news broadcast entitled, "Canal News." While initially self-conscious and shy, the students, after a great deal of practice, became more confident in their ability to speak in public. Click for 2011-12 programs