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The Splendid Speaking Course Volume 2 Unit 4: Captivate Your Audience

Unit 4: Cultural Attractions Task: Role Play (3-4 minutes) Topic vocabulary To have a tight budget Target audience To cater for a younger audience To appeal to a/an (younger) audience To attract visitors To win people over To get more people through the door To generate income A wide range of facilities Persuasive language a) Use three adjectives together: ‘She was influential, modest and an exceptional human being.’ ‘He was talented, insightful and ahead of his time.’ b) Use intensifying adverbs: ‘He was a truly remarkable person.’ ’She was a really wonderful speaker.’ ‘I’m absolutely certain you’ll agree that …’

1. Introduction: Your local museum is failing to attract sufficient teenagers and has asked you for help. With a partner discuss the following:

How can a local museum attract younger visitors? What services or attractions could be offered to interest younger people? 2. Planning: Spend a minute or two making notes on ideas you have for making the museum a popular destination for young people.

3. Task Focus: A powerful way to make a point or express a view in a situation like this is to personalise the point you are trying to make by using an anecdote. Expressing your ideas or views with examples of personal experience will make your point meaningful to you and interesting for the listeners. Can you think of any situations when you’ve thoroughly enjoyed a visit to a museum, gallery or similar public building? What was it about the experience that made it so enjoyable? Use this short anecdote to help make your point.

4. Language: Tick the language on the left you want to use.

Task: Presentation (2-3 minutes) You’ve been asked to give a presentation to a group organising a cultural festival, outlining an iconic figure from the present or past that best represents your country. Choose from the following areas:     

Listen to Raluca and G e n e vi e v e t a l k i n g o n a similar subject. See the N o ve m b e r a r c h i v e s ( I n t e r vi e w 4 ) a t : s p l e n d i d- s p e a k i n g . c o m

Film stars Singers Writers Artists Public figures

Carry out a little research about your chosen person and present your opinion, making sure you include persuasive language (see left) to help make a strong case for your icon! If it helps try organising your talk around the following three points: o o o

The person you’ve chosen and what they’re noted for. Their cultural significance in your country. Why this figure means so much to you personally.