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Assessment Task: You are to write and deliver a speech (between 750 and 1000 words) on any subject and from any perspective. Note that you must not deliver the speech as yourself, but must write from the viewpoint of any person, real or imagined. This person may be from the past or future as well as the present.

Marks will be awarded for the following criteria:

Use of voice and body language
Originality of concept and content
Appropriateness of language for the subject and audience
Vocabulary and grammar

Please note that there will be no specific time limitations, but you are strongly encouraged to take your time when delivering the speech. Points on the delivery and writing of the speech will be covered in class on several occasions so there will be plenty of opportunities for guidance.

Deadline date for submission:The speech is to be delivered during your normal tutorial during Weeks 8 and 9 (weeks beginning 15th and 22nd April 2013). The exact time and date will be agreed with your lecturer during previous weeks. A hard copy of the speech is to be submitted to Turnitin for assessment by midnight of Monday 15th April 2013. You are reminded that a limit of 15% plagiarism is permitted. Whilst the presentation mark will be given in class, if the plagiarism score is subsequently found to have exceeded 15% then the mark will be amended accordingly (this will mean a fail in the case of excessively high Turnitin scores). Format:

Speech/presentation
Word limit:
750-1000 words
Learning outcomes to be examined in this assessment *Demonstrate an understanding of how language is used to promote certain purposes *Demonstrate an awareness of different writing styles and their effectiveness as a means of communication *Demonstrate presentation skills

Assessment criteria Explanatory comments on the assessment criteria Maximum marks for each section

Content, relevance, originality Choice of topic appropriate for subject matter and audience. Originality of topic. 30% Verbal and non-verbal communication. Clear diction and dramatic flair. Effective body language and engagement with audience. 35 % Linguistic styleImaginative and interesting use of language, as appropriate for the topic. 35%

Assessment Task: You are to write and deliver a speech (between 750 and 1000 words) on any subject and from any perspective. Note that you must not deliver the speech as yourself, but must write from the viewpoint of any person, real or imagined. This person may be from the past or future as well as the present.

Marks will be awarded for the following criteria:

Use of voice and body language
Originality of concept and content
Appropriateness of language for the subject and audience
Vocabulary and grammar

Please note that there will be no specific time limitations, but you are strongly encouraged to take your time when delivering the speech. Points on the delivery and writing of the speech will be covered in class on several occasions so there will be plenty of opportunities for guidance.

Deadline date for submission:The speech is to be delivered during your normal tutorial during Weeks 8 and 9 (weeks beginning 15th and 22nd April 2013). The exact time and date will be agreed with your lecturer during previous weeks. A hard copy of the speech is to be submitted to Turnitin for assessment by midnight of Monday 15th April 2013. You are reminded that a limit of 15% plagiarism is permitted. Whilst the presentation mark will be given in class, if the plagiarism score is subsequently found to have exceeded 15% then the mark will be amended accordingly (this will mean a fail in the case of excessively high Turnitin scores). Format:

Speech/presentation
Word limit:
750-1000 words
Learning outcomes to be examined in this assessment *Demonstrate an understanding of how language is used to promote certain purposes *Demonstrate an awareness of different writing styles and...
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