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A short talk

Oh no - it's speech time again! Your tutor has asked you to give a short talk.
Her brief is as follows:

A 4 minute long talk on a popular TV soap opera. You need to explain the reasons why it is so popular.

If your talk involves more than one person, you’ll each have to speak for at least 4 minutes each. The length of your talk should work out like this:
1 person: 4 minutes
2 people: 8 minutes
3 people: 12 minutes

key pointBefore you decide on a topic, you need to think about:

  • Who are you giving your talk to?
  • Are they your age?
  • Do they know anything about the subject you'll be talking about?
  • Using a friendly, informal style or something a bit more formal?
  • Will they stay awake?

Not sure where to start? Here are some handy hints:

  • You’ll need to give an introduction
  • Say what you plan to talk about
  • Say what you want to say
  • Make good use of your image/s
  • Have a conclusion
  • Ask the audience for questions
  • Say 'Thank you'

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