A total of 32 secondary schools and 9 junior colleges took part in the zonal competitions from 29-30 April 1987 prior to the national Final where 12 Finalists were selected to compete. The national winner was Patricia Anne Sharma of Tanjong Katong Girls' School. For her prize, Patricia received a 10-day return ticket to Melbourne to represent Singapore as a guest speaker in the Victorian State Final held on 23 Jul 1987.
Facts & Figures
The following guidelines do not give a specific, prescriptive guide to plain English speaking.
There are many ways of speaking plainly and effectively. Participants should not feel obliged to speak in one particular way. These guidelines give participants an understanding of the qualities of plain speaking. Each participant should find his or her own voice.
Speakers should exploit the richness and variety of everyday conversational English and focus on the message -
not on the messenger. In other words, speakers should convey a convincing message to the audience rather than give a performance.
Sincerity: Mean what you say and say what you mean. This applies to both the content and the emotional quality of what you say.
Personal Voice: Find your own voice – your way of speaking.
Aptness: Choose words and phrases which most fully and appropriately convey your meaning. Otherwise, always favour the simpler expression over the more complex and brevity over length.
Clarity: Communicate clearly to your audience.
Engagement: Hold the attention and interest of your audience.
Always remember, you have the
SPACE to speak in your own way.