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Public Speaking and the New Oratory

A Guide for Non-native Speakers

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  • Focuses on the reality of English as an ever-developing, global medium of communication
  • Deals directly with language resources and caters specifically to non-native speakers
  • Highlights the new needs of public speaking practitioners, using examples of contemporary speech formats such as three-minute-thesis presentations and TED talks
  • Follows in the tradition of applied linguistics, offering a balance between theory and practice

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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.

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Table of contents (23 chapters)

  1. Speaking in English: Getting Started

  2. Staging an Interaction with Your Audience

  3. Structuring Your Speech for Listenability


“This book fills a genuine gap in the material available for students of English. It is a highly practical manual with a strong theoretical foundation. It will be of great use to those whose courses or future careers involve the ability to address a public in English. … it could well be read with profit by English-speaking students who are anxious at the thought of having to speak in public.” (David Banks, Fachsprache, June, 2020)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Applied Languages, University Paris Nanterre, Nanterre, France

    Fiona Rossette-Crake

About the author

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.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Public Speaking and the New Oratory

  • Book Subtitle: A Guide for Non-native Speakers

  • Authors: Fiona Rossette-Crake

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-22085-3Published: 15 August 2019

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-22088-4Published: 16 August 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-22086-0Published: 06 August 2019

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 285

  • Number of Illustrations: 5 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Discourse Analysis, Intercultural Communication, English, Language Education, Groupwork and Presentation

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