Giving a Speech

Recording to Unit 15

1. In each line choose the word with a different sound in the underlined syllable.

2. Enter the number of the stressed syllable/syllables (comma separated) in these words.
well-structured - unbelievable - recruit - rhetorical -
anticipate - refer - highlight - contemporary -
agenda - performance - access - embarrassing -
first-class - contrasting - overcome - vacant -
3. Transcribe the following words.
thorough enthusiasm delivery
rhetorics fluctuate reputation
backwards towards minutes
quote significance visual
priority background efficient

4. Listen to the extract given below and mark the pauses where necessary.

I have said that great men are a mixed lot but there are orders of great men there are great men who are great men amongst all men but there are also great men who are great amongst great men and that is the sort of great men whom you have amongst you tonight I go back 2,500 years and how many of them can I count in that period I can count them on the fingers of my two hands Pythagoras Ptolemy Aristotle Copernicus Kepler Galileo Newton Einstein and I still have two fingers left vacant my lords ladies and gentlemen are you ready for the toast health and length of days to the greatest of our contemporaries Einstein.

Listen again and underline the stressed words.

5. a) Listen to a company representative giving a talk and complete the notes.

Advantages of Adopting Green Policies

  1. Increase company
  2. Attract more
  3. Improve reputation as an
  4. Be prepared for new

b) Match 1–8 to a–h to make complete sentences from the listening. Then listen again and check your answers.
  • 1. I’m here today to tell
  • 2. I’ll talk about
  • 3. First of all, we’re going to
  • 4. Let’s move on to
  • 5. My next point is
  • 6. As I said before,
  • 7. That brings me
  • 8. Thanks very much
  • a) about my reputation as an employer.
  • b) for listening.
  • c) you’ll make bigger profits if you start saving energy.
  • d) to the end of my talk.
  • e) the new regulations later.
  • f) you about the advantages of going green.
  • g) the question of your company image.
  • h) look at the benefits of a clear green policy.