This week, I want to show you something different. I recorded a student giving a speech. The quality and angle are not great – sorry. I used my little digital camera to record the speech. The camera was on the table and close to the student. I wanted to make sure I got her voice loud and clear. The video is not perfect, but it should give you an idea of what students do here and what they learn here.
This is a video of a commemorative speech. You can learn more about this kind of speech if you keep reading this blog. The student gave a speech about her grandmother. She is trying to inspire the audience. She wants to show that her grandmother was a special person and has qualities that people should try to copy. She wants to inspire the audience to be better people. She also wants the audience members to feel some emotions while they listen. It was the student’s first time to give a speech in front of a camera, so she was a little nervous, but she did a good job. I hope you enjoy the video.
In university, and at other times in your life, you may have the chance to give an informative speech or a persuasive speech. An informative speech is when you give people information about something. For example, you might give a speech about the Olympics or solar power. A persuasive speech is when you try to make people agree with your idea. You may also try to make them do something. For example, you might try to persuade people to volunteer to help at the Olympics or to put solar panels on their house.
Another kind of speech is a commemorative speech. This is a speech that you would make at a special occasion. This is a speech where you praise a person or celebrate what they have done. It is a speech that pays tribute to a person, a group of people, an institution, or an idea. It is a little different from the other kinds of speeches.
In a commemorative speech you will probably give some information about the subject. You would probably say why your subject is praiseworthy. In this way, it is a little like an informative speech. However, the goal is very different. The goal is not to inform but to inspire the audience. You want to inspire your audience to be better people. You want to increase their appreciation or admiration for the subject. You want the audience to have an emotional response. I hope you now have a better understanding of what a commemorative speech is.