In introducing students to speeches, I usually screen two ‘acknowledgement’ type of speeches (from popular personalities that they are familiar with) and have students compare and contrast the two, discuss their effectiveness, discursive styles, and audience engagement. We then do the same with two ’emotive mobilizing’ type of speeches.
After some classroom interaction (i.e. sharing thoughts in small groups, writing key words/phrases on the board, presenting short summaries of what they liked/didn’t like), we continue with more ‘formal’ speeches such as Obama’s 2009 Inauguration Address and Tim Minchin’s 2014 Occasional Address. This time, I ask the students to individually pick out some of the discursive styles, vocal expressives, body gestures, and facial expressions they have observed and have them note why/how it was (in)effective in relation to the context, composite of the audience, and social/cultural/political setting of the speech.
(1) Hugh Laurie 63rd Annual Golden Globe (1:20)
(2) Cady Mean Girls (3:16)
EMOTIVE MOBILIZING SPEECHES
(1) Stacker Pentecost Pacific Rim (0:57)
(2) Adolf Hitler Speech subtitled (3:59)
(3) Al Pacino Any Given Day (4:32)
OBAMA’S INAUGURATION SPEECH
(1) Obama’s 2009 Inauguration Speech video (19:27)
(2) Obama’s 2009 Inauguration Speech transcript
(3) Obama’s 2009 Inauguration Speech wiki
- What is Obama’s oratory style?
- Strengths and weaknesses?
- Professional or academic or other contexts?
(2) Tim Minchin 2014 Occasional Address media
(3) Maurice Williamson Same Sex Marriage Bill speech (4:06)