Category: Optional Activities

COMM12033 Speech and Script Blog Self Reflection



Figure 1: COMM12033 Speech and Script Criteria Source: Zoe Mears (2016)

COMM12033 Speech and Script

I was researching how to read a news script and found a video recently which was a major example of how not to report the news. It is really funny and shows us how journalists may not actually want to be out in the real world reporting but would rather be in a studio instead where they aren’t actually amongst their surroundings. These videos show examples on how not to read the news, everything from laughing through the script, swearing, hitting and chasing down people.


COMM12033 Speech and Script Week 6 module Activities

Stuart (n.d.) provides a very simple page, but discusses four types of formal speech – informative, layout, demonstration, and persuasive, and illustrates the different ways we use formal speech.


This site is for a course offered by Peter Ruthven Stuart. It is a rather basic overview/information with a few examples on what each type of speech would entail. There are 4 types of speeches covered on this webpage. Informative, layout, demonstrative, and lastly persuasive. Informative speech is when you are trying to teach something to the audience. A layout speech is when you are giving someone directions or explaining the location of something. A demonstrative speech is like an informative speech because you have to teach the audience; however, the difference between the two is you not only tell the audience about it but how to do it, usually showing as well. A persuasive speech is when you are persuading people to change in some way.


Reference List

Stuart, P n.d., Speech types and some examples, viewed 14 May 2016,

COMM12033 Speech and Script Week 4 module Activities

The Stanford Graduate School of Business (2014) speech was very well delivered and it had to have taken many days of practising for hours. It is possible that I could do a similar thing yes I could. However, would I be as effective or polished I find it doubtful as I have problems with posture as mine is often hunched over when I’m standing or sitting.


Reference List

Stanford Graduate School of Business 2014, Make body language your superpower, video, 14 May, viewed 31 March 2016,


COMM12033 Speech and Script Week 2 module Activities

Figure 1: Aussie Sheila Source: (n.d.)

Response to Australian accent article

The argument against it is that it is undereducated, bred out of carelessness and ignorance. Whereas the argument for it is that it is as good as any other accent and should be accepted. I would not accept this article per se, I would debate in on several statements/depictions. Such as whether this article is biased, whether it has listed facts and has sources to back up what it is saying.


Response to YouTube (Nick Vujicic)

Seems very upbeat, bright personal stories which make the audience very comfortable with lots of laughs. I actually laughed quite a lot, I actually enjoyed it so much that I wanted to watch more parts. His jokes, his personal stories involving audiences, the way he speaks and his accent. Getting into part 3/11 brought out some personal experiences and really touched me on a personal level. He uses props as well. This speech was very inspirational. I have never really wanted to watch a whole speech before I listened to this one.

Optional activity

I couldn’t get into this speech from Martin Luther King. It didn’t connect with me at all. Neither did the Barrack Obama speech as they were too quiet and I felt no personal connection.

The speeches which you can see the personal input are the ones that I really connect with because it is so inspirational to actually see people who’ve actually overcome their personal struggles. This is most likely due to the fact of my own struggles, it is nice to be encouraged with people who’ve actually overcome things/situations.

Activity – Speeches

Before today, the Inauguration address from John F. Kennedy was the only speech from the list that I had heard; however, now I have also heard Kings Speech.


Reflection on – The Kings Speech (movie)

Couldn’t form the sentences that he’s trying to read from. This is in front of anyone, not just speaking in public. He had an anger issue. His stutter was caused by something in his childhood. The scene of swearing with the king was really funny. Living up to expectations can be a hard and frightening experience. To help the “doctor” tried to get the (king) to have faith in his abilities/voice. Work first on tongue twisters, mechanisms to help loosen up. At the end he reads without stuttering too much and the dramatic music helps to add an air to it which gives him authority.

Figure Reference n.d., Aussie sheila, viewed 14 March 2016,

Reference List

Gokadze, I 2013, Martin Luther King Jr. I Have a dream speech, video, 28 August, viewed 14 March 2016,

NmnOp908 2011, Nick Vujicic DVD part 1/11, video, 30 April, viewed 14 March 2016,

The White House 2013, President Obama speaks on Trayvon Martin, video, 19 July, viewed 14 March 2016,

COMM12033 Speech and Script Week 1 module Activity responses

Activity one:

The difference between speech and talk is that speech is limited usually to a formal address or the style of speaking (Oxford 2016). Whereas, according to Oxford (2016) talk usually refers to informal speaking between people.


Activity Two: “I’m giving a speech” refers to making a formal statement to an audience. This is usually a very formal form of communication.

“I’m giving a talk” can refer to either the informal communication between people or a formal negotiation or communication between certain parties.

I believe that speech is more formal than “talk” because it is often used when wanting to make a formal statement with the public.


Reference List

Oxford 2016, Speech, viewed 29 February 2016,

Oxford 2016, Talk, viewed 29 February 2016,