Hello, Welcome to Year 11 speech. Here you will find all the notes from the lessons as well as links to the clips I have used in class, as well as a few others.

Important Dates!

Please note the due dates for the different aspects of this unit.

We begin speech in week 5.

Topic selected by 27th May (Wednesday P2).
Copy of the draft speech handed in by June 5th (Friday before the speeches are to be delivered)
Date you need to be ready to present your speech: Tuesday 9th June P5

During this time you will be expects to select your topic, research your topic, select relevant material from your research to use in your speech, write your speech, rewrite your speech and practice your speech.

Please note the school rules on missed assessment opportunities. These are located in the English Handbook issued to you at the start of the year.

Unaccustomed As I Am.

If at any time you lose your copy of the booklet you were issued called “Unaccustomed As I Am” please follow these directions.

Follow this link here.

Then scroll down and find Eng/1/7 – A6

Click on that link. You will then have a replacement copy of the unit guidebook.


What you will do is deliver a speech of no less than 3 minutes to your class. The topic is up to you. However, this is not an opportunity for you to tell the class a long list of really boring facts about your topic. Instead you are to convey your opinion about the topic and provide reasons (with evidence) supporting your opinion.

You will complete this activity in class and for homework. Your teacher will give you clear deadlines for completing the text of your speech and when you are to deliver it to the class.

You will be assessed on how well you speak in a formal situation to
• communicate ideas on the topic
• structure content and language appropriate to your audience and purpose
• speak clearly to your audience using appropriate eye contact, voice and body language techniques.

You are to undertake this activity because, quite simply, it is important to be able to effectively communicate your ideas to people. You may not think so now but there will be many instances in your life when you have to stand up in front of people you may or may not know and speak your mind.

You will know that you have been successful when you can create and deliver a speech on a topic of your choosing, utilising appropriate and effective techniques. Techniques refers to both the delivery techniques and the language techniques you use in the writing of your speech.

TASK ONE (as per the booklet)
You need to decide on the topic you want to discuss.

a) Choose a topic and brainstorm ideas. You must gain approval for the topic from your teacher before developing the text of your speech. Some possible topics include:
• food
• reality TV
• the future of shopping
• trends
• uniforms
• schools should be teaching values

Consider what you have written down. You might have chosen this topic because of your present knowledge, strong feelings or convictions, or because of your curiosity about it. Your purpose in your speech is likely to be to stimulate thoughts or feelings in your audience, or to persuade them to alter their ideas or attitudes.

Task: Now we have a list of possible topics let’s try a few out. We shall now have a few impromptu speeches. Please listen carefully to the instructions. But first…

b) Research your topic in order to extend or test your opinions or feelings and give you information that you can use to convince your audience. This information could include:
·primary sources (your own research) eg. survey, interviews, personal experience
·secondary sources (research done by others) eg. reference books, internet, newspapers, magazines

Decide how your ideas will be organised
·in order of importance
·logically (cause and effect)
·as a series of points related to a single theme

d) Plan your presentation, which will need
·an introduction – where you greet the audience and give an overview of your topic
·a body – where you state, support and explain your ideas
·a conclusion – where you summarise your ideas
Use words and phrases to link the ideas in your paragraphs.

e) While writing your presentation, use language features that are appropriate to your purpose and topic, such as
·rhetorical question
·direct address to audience
·use of personal pronouns
·choice of words
·sound devices, such as alliteration
·figurative language, such as metaphor
·emotive language

Here is a link to Craig Ferguson. Talk show host and stand up comic. He is a very good orator and uses delivery techniques well. Take a look. Have a laugh but also note how he delivers his points and the points he is making. He does it very well. His show screens late at night so some of the language and content is designed for a more mature audience. Please remember that before clicking on the link. Here’s some more.

Here’s a really bad speech. A way not to deliver your speech.

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