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Paper One

Question B Short Talks

Question B Short Talks


giving a short talk, it is best to

begin the speech with a formal opening.
If you are addressing a formal gathering
of people, you should begin your speech
with the opening Ladies and
If there are dignitaries in your audience,
you should include them in your opening
Mr President, ladies and gentlemen
If you are addressing your classmates,
you should open with My fellow

Question B Short talks


tone of your speech depends

on your audience.
If you are addressing your
classmates/students then you
can use a more relaxed, lighthearted tone.
If you are addressing a formal
gathering it is important to have
a formal tone.

Question B Short
In the short talks you can be asked to

use three different language genres.

These are the following commonly
asked short talks:
Short talks giving advice and
information (Language of information)
Non-persuasive short talks (Language
of narration)
Persuasive short talks (Language of
persuasion and argument)

Question B Short
Non-persuasive short talks

(Language of narration)
Non-persuasive short talks invite
you to explore your own thoughts
and feelings on a subject, or to talk
about an experience youve had.
For example you might be asked to
talk about an interesting journey
that youve made or about the role
sport plays in your life.

Question B Short
In a non-persuasive short talk your

answer needs to be organised around

your main point.
Your main point should be introduced
in the opening paragraph.
Every paragraph should focus on a
topic that is related to your main point.
The final paragraph should summarise
all of your main points and end with a
memorable statement.

Question B Short
2013 Paper One Text 3 Question B

the text of a talk you would

give at a happy family event, in
which you recall some of your
important family memories.

Question B Short
Short talks giving advice and
information (Language of information)
(Pre-Leaving Certificate Examination
2014) Text 1 Question B
Imagine Malala Yousafzai has been
invited to your school. You have been
selected to introduce her to pupils,
teachers and parents. Write out the
text of the speech you would make.

The Language of

The language of information is

usually easy to understand by its
intended audience.
The information is written clearly to
avoid confusion.
The information is relevant and
carefully selected by the writer to
meet a specific purpose: to inform,
to educate, to clarify, to warn, to
show, to entertain, etc.


The Language of

information/facts may come

from a report, from peoples own
experiences, from a description
of events that have occurred and
so on.
Illustrations or photographs may
be included with the information
to make it easier to follow, and
more memorable.

The Language of


informative texts present

facts that answer the 5Ws and How
questions for the reader Who,
What, When , Where, Why and How
Many informative texts have a
neutral tone. Occasionally, however,
a writer includes some opinions,
and may show feelings of
admiration, anger, sadness,
disappointment or hope.

Things to think about Who

are your target audience?

Greet them in an appropriate
way. Introduce yourself and
explain why you are here.
Address the audience.
Use language to create a relaxed
atmosphere if it is appropriate.

Question B Short
In this Question B you must
welcome Malala to the school and
also introduce her to your fellow
pupils, teachers and parents.