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CLIP 1290

John Ball's Speech to Peasants

John Ball's Speech to Peasants
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Key Info
  • John Ball's Speech to Peasants
  • Duration: 02:25
  • John Ball made his famous persuasive speech to peasants in 1381, as a protest against taxation. This clip dramatises the speech. There is no commentary - just a straightforward dramatisation.
  • Subject:

    English

       Topic:

    Speaking and Listening

  • Keywords: speaking and listening, dramatisation, interpretation, persuasive speech, John Ball
Ideas for use in class
  • Watch this clip as a way into the speech. The language structures are archaic as it was first spoken in 1381, so this dramatistaion will aid students' understanding and interpretation. As a listening exercise students can identify what they think the key points are being made in the speech.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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