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Exploring the Task

Listen to some of the following examples of motivational talk. Forty inspirational speeches in two minutes is a great warm-up activity.

You can also use any other similar examples of motivational speeches or dialogue.

How has the purpose of the talk influenced the speaker’s choice of language?

What features of the speaker’s language encourage the audience to feel emotion, or to act or participate?

Discuss the different types of audience being addressed. Has the talk been influenced by the speaker’s awareness of the audience?

Listen to two pieces of motivational talk: one from the 21st century and one from pre-21st century. Examples include Barack Obama (‘Yes We Can’), Martin Luther King (‘I have a Dream’), John F Kennedy (‘Ask not what your country...’), Winston Churchill (‘We shall fight on the beaches’), Tony Benn (‘What fools we are to live as if war is a computer game…’), Enoch Powell (‘Rivers of Blood’), Hillary Clinton (‘Women’s rights are human rights’), Nelson Mandela, or a range of talk from films.

Have the features of spoken language changed over time? Have some of the features from earlier talk been replicated in later speeches?

Discuss the language features that make them successful.