A speech is simply an official verbal presentation that is meant to achieve a certain goal. The aim of making a speech or even writing one, could be to convince the target audience to buy your idea or even pay attention to your subject of discussion. In an exam setup, an examiner might ask you to write a speech on a particular topic, or you could be asked to imagine yourself being a leader and you need to give a speech on a particular subject. Here are a few tips to help you score top marks in your GCSE English exam.
Have a good opening statement.
Always begin writing your speech in a way that is catchy. An introduction that will captivate your target audience. A good opening statement is fairly brief. Introduce yourself to the audience, mention in brief, concise points what you will be talking to them about.
Use very good English
Good English is mandatory for your examiner to give you good marks. One way to make sure that you write using fewer mistakes is having fairly short sentences. Avoid very long sentences. Ensure that you have topic sentences for each paragraph. Each paragraph should be structured to discuss a different point.
Remember to use 1st person
When writing your speech, always ensure that you write using the 1st person. This means, use “I” as you write. However, you can involve the audience and use “we” where it is necessary. Address your audience directly as if you were actually talking to them.
Use persuasive language
Your tone of writing should be informal and persuasive. You need to be convincing enough for the audience to even listen to whatever you have to say. In a writing exam, express yourself I the most persuasive way you could, imagine you were actually facing the examiner.
Focus on the topic
When writing a speech in an English exam, always stay focused on the topic you have been asked to write about. Never derail from the subject of the speech you are writing. This will make you lose marks.
Some of the language techniques that you can apply include the following:
Use rhetorical questions to make your speech captivating. This will also be useful in making the audience to think and hence attentive.
Repetition is for emphasis. Repeat your theme or whatever main point that you have until it becomes memorable.
Write using emotive language
Use contrasting words and phrases. Use the list of three. The human brain easily remembers things in three’s.
Writing a good speech is fairly simple, all you need is practice, practice and more practice before sitting for your GCSE English Exam.
The following acronym might help you remember some of the points we have discussed and help you score highly in your English exam.
P-ersonal anecdote. Use personal anecdotes in your speech to make it catchy and interesting. E-motive language. R-hetorical questions. F-acts that are real. E-xaggeration C-omparison T-one of voice that is persuasive.