Public Speaking and the New Oratory

A Guide for Non-native Speakers

  • Fiona Rossette-Crake

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Speaking in English: Getting Started

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  3. Staging an Interaction with Your Audience

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  4. Structuring Your Speech for Listenability

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  5. Part IV

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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 279-285

About this book


"This is a highly readable account of public speaking. It will provide students, particularly those whose native language is not English, with all the practical advice they need to make an effective speech or presentation (including newer forms, like three minute theses), grounded on a solid theoretical base."
-- David Banks, Professor Emeritus, Department of Languages, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France

This book provides a research-led guide to public speaking in English, using the foundations of applied linguistics research to analyse elements of spoken presentation, including content, form, persona and audience interaction. The author also introduces and analyses case studies of what she calls 'the New Oratory', examining such modern speaking formats as the three-minute-thesis presentation, the investor pitch and TED talks, making this book a cutting-edge exploration of how public speaking is conducted in an increasingly digitalised world. It provides essential advice for non-native English speakers and speakers of English as a Second Language (ESL) whose work or study requires them to present in English, but will also be of interest to students and scholars of applied linguistics and business communication.

Fiona Rossette-Crake is Professor in the Department of Applied Languages at Université Paris Nanterre, France. Her research focuses on public speaking, particularly new forms that have developed over the past two decades.


English as a Second Language (ESL) English as a Foreign Language (EFL) native speakerism Anglo-Saxon persona rhetoric soft skills English for Academic Purposes (EAP) spoken style concision delivery

Authors and affiliations

  • Fiona Rossette-Crake
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  1. 1.Department of Applied LanguagesUniversity Paris NanterreNanterreFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-22085-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-22086-0
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