A President’s Address

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An introduction to langugage ideology and power

A President’s Address

Presidential Speeches: Discussion – rhetorics and power

The assignment ”A President’s Address”

1) A President’s Address

Start with watching and listening to President Obama’s inauguration speech (21 minutes)

After listening read the speech as FUll text

Look up unfamiliar vocabulary to make sure you understand the message in this speech.

The full text with key vocabulary translated into Swedish can be found on pages 9-14 in the textbook Viewpoints 3 (accessable through smakprov.se).  There are vocabulary exercises on (pp. 16-18) in Viewpoints 3.

2) Analyse and interpret (work together in groups of 2-4 students)

  • Would the speech have been different if given by a politican in your country? How ? Try to find at least three points where this speech could have been different.
  • ”The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms” The three marked expressions in this quote are examples of metaphors. Why are metaphors used, do you think. What associations (connotations) do these metaphors carry?
  • For more questions see page 15 in the textbook Viewpoints 3

3)  Write a speech to Parliament.

  • You should write your speech and then record your spoken delivery of the speech.
  • The speech should be adapted to the intended audience (which is the Parliament in your country)
  • Your task is to write write a speech on the challenges in the job market for the young generations.
  • The speech should have a thesis, two or three  arguments and one counter argument.
  • You should also include at least one rhetorical device (see the links below)
  • The assignment is adapted from the textbook Viewpoints 3 see page 19 (writing task 1).

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  3. A President’s address

See the instructions for the complete work for this theme Content _English 7_Presidential Speeches or embedded .


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Presidential Speeches: Discussion – rhetorics and power

Discussion – rhetorics and power

2-3 students in each discussion group
Scope: 5-7 minutes


Preparation: Watch/read the inaugural speeches delivered by Barack Obama and by Donal Trump.

  1. Barack Obama ”A Presidents’ Address” pages 9-14 in Viewpoints 3 – (accessable through smakprov.se)
  2. Obama delivers first inaugural address. President Barack Obama takes the oath of office and delivers his inaugural address from the steps of the Capitol
  3. Full Text: President Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address
  4. President Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address (Full Speech) | NBC News

For each speech find/identify…

  • Metaphorical language – give examples and explain what these metaphors usually mean.
  • Theses & antitheses – give examples and explain
  • Quotes – Do the speakers use quotations? Give examples and find out who they are quoting.

 


THEN Discuss:

  • Metaphorical language – Use the metaphors you have identified to discuss. Why do you think these metaphors are used?
  • Theses & antitheses – Use the theses/antitheses you have identified to discuss. What impact does use of these theses/antitheses have on the speakers message?
  • Quotes – Use the quotes you have identified to discuss. Give examples of quotes you have identified and dicuss the presidents’ choice of quote. Why do you think a specific quote is used. How does it affect the speakers massage?
  • Compare how the Obama and Trump use different rhetorical devises and how this affects their respective messages?
  • What evidence of ideologies can you find in their speeches? Give examples and motivate.
  • Where and how can you see power in effect in the language use of Obama and Trump respectively? Support your discussion with examples.

Presidential Speeches: Discussion – rhetorics and powerWorksheet for discussion (extract from the complete instructions), embedded to the left or as pdf to download English 7_Presidental Speeches_Discussion_20171415297898_stock_save-pdf

 

 

 

 


Posts on this theme

Theme ‘Visions’

An introduction to langugage ideology and power

A President’s Address

Presidential Speeches: Discussion – rhetorics and power

Theme ‘Visions’

Worksheets,

1) Complete lesson plan and complete instructions

Content _English 7_Presidential Speeches1415297898_stock_save-pdf

2) Essential vocabulary

Discourse- power and ideologies_Essential vocabulary

3) Worksheet for discussion (extract from the complete instructions)

English 7_Presidential Speeches_Discussion_20171415297898_stock_save-pdf


VISIONS part 1 Discussion rhetorics and power

Lecture:
Discourse- power and ideologies in language use (Henrika Florén)

(See post An introuduction to language, ideology and power)

Speeches:

First Inaugural Address by President Barack Obama Inaugural Address by President Donal Trump

(See post A President’s Address)

Texts:
Viewpoints 3 (accessable through smakprov.se)
NBC

Assignments:
List of concepts from Discourse- power and ideologies in language use

2) Argumentative Text & Speech – Speech to the Swedish Parliament

3) Discussion focused on rhetorical devices and the use of ideology and power in two presidential speeches


1. ASSIGNMENTS

Concepts from Discourse – power and ideologies in language use

First watch/listen to the lecture Discourse – power and ideologies in language use.

Then in writing shortly define your understanding of the concepts
concept
powerDiscourse - power and ideologies. Essential vocabulary
ideology
discourse
…and any vocabulary you encounter which is relevant for your understanding of the message

You should write 50-100 words for each concept. Define and explain how you think, not just a definition but explain how YOU understand the use of a concept such as power, or ideology. (For any vocabulary you chose, a definition is enough). This will be the beginning of your own list of vocabulary, concepts and ideas. This should be a living document that you will work on continuously during the course.

Look up the words the document Discourse- power and ideologies_Essential vocabulary

(See post An introuduction to language, ideology and power)


2. Speech to the Swedish Parliament

(See post A President’s Address)

Viewpoints 3 textbook:

Imagine that you have been asked to give a speech to the Swedish Parliament about the challenges young people face in contemporary society. Argue for one key measure that you think the government should take in order to improve young people’s prospects on the job market. Make sure to include a thesis, two or there arguments and at least one counter-argument. You should also use one or two rhetorical devices.

There is a model text on pages 196-197 in Viewpoints 3 , and see page 206 for a list of rhetorical devices.

List of Sources:
Use at least one but not more than three outside sources and include a source list in your manuscript.

You should give your sources in APA format. You can use the citation machine to help you with the format. You can also look at the list of sources at the back of the document with instructions embedded above. They are all listed in APA format.

Please submit both your written manuscript (PDF format) AND your recorded speech (mp4 format)


3. Discussion – rhetorics and power

(See post Presidential Speeches: Discussion – rhetorics and powerPresidential Speeches: Discussion – rhetorics and power

2-3 students in each discussion group
Scope: 5-7 minutes
Preparation: Watch/read the inaugural speeches delivered by Barack Obama and by Donal Trump.

Barack Obama ”A President’s Address” (pp. 9-14 in Viewpoints 3)

Obama delivers first inaugural address. President Barack Obama takes the oath of office and delivers his inaugural address from the steps of the Capitol

Full Text: President Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address

President Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address (Full Speech) | NBC News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThtRvBUBpQ4

For each speech find/identify…

  • Metaphorical language – give examples and explain what these metaphors usually mean.
  • Theses & antitheses – give examples and explain
  • Quotes – Do the speakers use quotations? Give examples and find out who they are quoting.

THEN Discuss:

  • Metaphorical language – Use the metaphors you have identified to discuss. Why do you think these metaphors are used?
  • Theses & antitheses – Use the theses/antitheses you have identified to discuss. What impact does use of these theses/antitheses have on the speakers message?
  • Quotes – Use the quotes you have identified to discuss. Give examples of quotes you have identified and dicuss the presidents’ choice of quote. Why do you think a specific quote is used. How does it affect the speakers massage?
  • Compare how the Obama and Trump use different rhetorical devises and how this affects their respective messages?
  • What evidence of ideologies can you find in their speeches? Give examples and motivate.
  • Where and how can you see power in effect in the language use of Obama and Trump respectively? Support your discussion with examples.

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An introduction to langugage ideology and power

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An introduction to language, ideology and power…

Watch listen to the lecture on Language, ideology and power…


Worksheet (key vocabulary)

See to that you know what all the words on the list mean. If you already know a concept, leave it blank. If you don’t find out.

The worksheet is available to download here Discourse- power and ideologies_Essential vocabulary 

or you can read online (embedded file below)

Discourse - power and ideologies. Essential vocabulary


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Theme ‘Visions’

A President’s Address

Presidential Speeches: Discussion – rhetorics and power

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde portraitOscar Wilde was a British writer born in Ireland. He  was a novelist, playwright, poet, and critic. His works have passed into the Public Domain and you can read his texts online at Oscar Wilde online. 

His plays include titels such as The Importance of Being Earnest, and his only novel The Picture of Dorian Gray is famous and topical to this day. Wilde is regarded as one of the most proficient writers in the English language.

Oscar Wilde was famous for his wit and creativity but he was also accused of plagiarims. Read more in the article from the Public Domain Review on On Oscar Wilde and Plagiarism


 

 

A Picture of Dorian Gray


Read and/or listen to the full text A Picture of Dorian Gray at ESL-Bits

Oscar Wilde’s only novel takes a witty, philosophical, and harrowing look at our obsession with youth and the price we pay for it.

Dorian Gray is having his picture painted by Basil Hallward, who is charmed by his looks. But when Sir Henry Wotton visits and seduces Dorian into the worship of youthful beauty with an intoxicating speech, Dorian makes a wish he will live to regret: that all the marks of age will now be reflected in the portrait rather than on Dorian’s own face. His wish comes true. In exchange for this Dorian gives up his soul.

The stage is now set for a masterful tale about appearance, reality, art, life, truth, fiction and the burden of conscience (quote from ESL-Bits).

 


 
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Cover of the first edition From the Preface

”Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.”

”Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty.”

”Thought and language are to the artist instruments of an art.”

”Vice and virtue are to the artist materials for an art”

”Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril”

”It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors ”

Oscar Wilde


A Brave New World

Brave New World was first published in 1932. Huxley’s dystopian book has been adapted for radio and film but also ”influenced many writers, notably Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451), Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Kurt Vonnegut (Piano Player).” (See The 100 best novels: No 56 – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932))

The full text is found online;  Brave New World





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George Orwell

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Ray Bradbury and Fahrenheit 451

 

Aldous Huxley and ”A Brave New World”

Aldous Huxley psychical researcher Aldous Huxley (1894- 1963) was born in England but later moved to the United States. He was considered a prominent intellectual of his time,

His concern ”about the power of mass media, the potential manipulation of humans with mood-altering drugs, and the misapplication of sophisticated technology” (see Aldous Huxley) is apparent in his most famous novel A Brave New World.

The title is a quote from Shakesepare;  In Act V Scene I of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the character Miranda declares,

‘O wonder! How many Godly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O Brave new world! That has such people in it!’.

Huxley wrote Brave New World ”between the wars” — after the upheaval of the First World War and before World War II (see Cliff Notes for Aldous Huxley´s A Brave New World).

Listen to BBC 4 where Melvyn Bragg and guests David Bradshaw, Daniel Pick and Michele Barrett discuss Aldous Huxley’s dystopian 1932 novel, Brave New World (45 minutes).

 


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The Canterville Ghost – part 1

Choose whether you prefer to read from a paper copy, or at ESL -Bits, where you are able to both read and listen to the story.

Section I


The Canterville Ghost 13
Image in public domain. Book from Project Gutenberg: The Canterville Ghost. Fetched from Internet Archive

Vocabulary
Look up the following words:

haunted –
punctilious –
honour –
dress for dinner –
rector –
parish –
purchase –
a belle –
refinement –
peerage –
Duke –
propose –
guardian – housekeeper – curtsey –
Tudor –
stained glass –

 


Discuss in groups of three or four,

  • Washington is fond of the peerage. What does that mean, and why is that regarded as a weakness?
  • What is Pinkerton’s Champion Stain Remover and Paragon Detergent  and what impression is conveyed to the reader of the label?

Write down you answers and make a brief summary of the story behind the ghost at Canterville Chase.


The Canterville Ghost

The Celts

What do you know about the Celts?

At BBC iWonder you can take a digital trip to Celtic Britain

There are some clips from BBC programs which are available outside the UK; for example ”The Celts: Blood, Iron and Sacrifice with Alice Roberts and Neil Oliver.”

Read the article ”DNA study shows Celts are not a unique genetic group

Celts: Some stories and games (from BBC Wales)