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Speech writing and Prose

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Speech Writing is, in most cases, in a form of end-of-a-year speech, prize-giving day speech or other forms of speech-making occasions whereby one is required to deliver a speech. Speech writing demands the skill of writing almost as one speaks.

Useful Hints on how to write a good speech

(1)Content: The content depends on the topic you are given but your points must be relevant to the topic on which you are writing your speech.

(2)Organization: In speech writing, you should imagine that you have an audience listening to you. Therefore you are expected to start your speech with the usual vocatives:  Chairman, Member of Staff, Ladies and Gentlemen…..your audience depends on the question you are answering: your question will definitely give you an idea who your audience is.

(3)Expression: Speech Writing demands a good command of language. Use simple sentences because it is important that you should, make your audience follow your line of thought. Don’t use slangs and colloquial expressions. Speech making is meant for oral delivery, therefore, you can make use of words like don’t, didn’t, doesn’t etc. In addressing your audience, you can use words like, you, our, we, you and I.

Model Speech Writing:

As the President of Red Cross Society, write a speech you will deliver at the official launching of the branch of the society in your school.

Hononourable Commissioner for Health, Lagos State,

President of Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Red Cross Society,

Our respected Principal, Chairman and members of the Parents-Teachers Association,

Fellow students,

Ladies and gentle and Gentlemen.    

On behalf of my colleagues, I welcome you all to this occasion of the launching of our school’s Branch of the Red Cross Society. Today marks a…………………………………………..

ASPECT: LITERATURE

TOPIC: Introduction to Prose:

Prose: A long, free written work done in sentences, paragraphs and chapters

Forms of Prose work.

Fiction and Non-Fiction

Fiction: A prose work that is created from the power of imagination of the writer

The Non Fiction: A prose which presents the real life experience of a character or characters. Non-fiction is classified into biography and autobiography.

Types of Prose Work

Novels: A long prose of over ten thousand words

Novelette: A prose work of less than ten thousand words but more than one thousand words.

Novella: A prose work relating to historical event.

Novella: short novel, a fictional prose work that is longer than a short story but shorter than a novel

ASPECT: COMPREHENSION

TOPIC: SKIMMING

Skimming is most useful when you read with a definite question in mind and have an intention to find answers to the question. Practice skimming with the passage.

EVALUATION: Intensive English Book 1; Exercises 16.2.2 pages 152-154

ASSIGNMENT: Intensive English Book 1;   Exercises 16. 2.3 and 16.3.4; pages 154,155 and 159-160.