AQA LP2 Features of a speech

Speech writing might not be everyone’s forte. First of all, let’s go over the must-haves.

Every written speech, needs to include:

  • An introductory address to the audience;
  • Discourse markers and other components of spoken word.
  • A sign off made for a listening audience.


Similar to a letter, standing in front of group of people and having them listen to you is not a normal, everyday form of conversation.

Because of this, it’s good to make it clear why you are there speaking and thank whoever is listening for their attention.

Telling a personal story makes all of those listening immediately involved in what you have to talk about, as not only is it intriguing and unique, it can introduce sometimes very tricky topics in relatable, everyday ways.

Discourse Markers and Speech components

Pronouns like “You” “We” and “Us” should be used in place of “I.” This shows that you can involve the audience in whatever it is you are talking about.

Phrases like the following can be used to not only change subject, but make it clear you are speaking to someone, and not just writing into a vacuum:

  • You might be wondering why…
  • Well, let’s start by considering…
  • You can probably think of plenty of examples of times when…
  • Well, let’s consider…
  • Have you ever wondered why …?
  • The fact is that we

The sign off

A good way to make sure that this speech is impactful, however, is to end with one of the following:

  • A question
  • An imperative
  • A solution

Ending with a rhetorical question can give your speech the impression that you want your listener to leave questioning themselves and reconsidering whatever topic you have spoken about!

Remember that above all, a speech needs to be written as if you are talking to a group of people!