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The VCAA Plain English Speaking Award in Victoria

Plain English Speaking Award 2014

The Plain English Speaking Award (PESA) is a public speaking competition for students aged 15-18 years. PESA provides an excellent opportunity for students to build self-confidence and extend their skills in oral communication, speech writing and research.

Sean Hollis, a Year 11 student at St Bede’s College in Mentone, was the winner of the 2013 Plain English Speaking Award (PESA). The State Final was held on Friday 26 July 2013. The runner up was Emily Maxwell-Gould from Frankston High School. The remaining four finalists last year were Jake Fava (Werribee Secondary College), Sabina Lim (Carey Baptist Grammar School, Kew), Darcy Cornwallis (Northcote High School) and Sherry-Rose Watt (Lakeview Senior College, Caroline Springs).

In June 2013, across the state close to 200 students in Years 10, 11 and 12 entered the award. From these regional finals, 24 progressed to the semi-finals in July. Although there is only one state champion each year, many teachers regard the PESA as an opportunity for their students to go beyond oral communication exercises in the classroom and it encourages their students to speak to their peers from other schools in the positive, supportive environment that PESA offers in regional finals.

In Australia each year state and territory committees organise and conduct competitions at school, regional and state levels. State winners then to go the national final which is held in the various states and territories on a rotational basis. This year, the national final will be held in Adelaide on Monday 11 August.

In Victoria, PESA is organised and conducted by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). The Australia-Britain Society generously sponsor the Award.

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How To Enter

For Teachers

For Students

2013 State Winner and Finalists

Speeches from the Plain English Speaking Award

Past Participants of PESA

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Last Update: 13 January 2014