Improve your writing skills: Great Speeches of the 20th Century

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“How can I improve my writing?”, is a question that I am often asked by students (well mostly by their parents actually!).

Reading, reading, reading is the key.. but with a socially demanding lifestyles with apparently lots of homework, where is the time for children to read a book?

Reading speeches is a great way for us to be in the company of those who influenced our history as well as learn the art of persuasive speaking and writing.

Follow the links below and read the speeches of great leaders like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Winston Churchill.

The Guardian: Great Speeches of the 20th Century

The History Place: Great Speeches Collection

Hopefully they will inspire as well as add to your language skills. Look out for stylistic features such as

  • ethos
  • logos
  • pathos
  • rhetoric
  • power of three
  • lists
  • inclusive pronouns