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I have a French speech coming up these next few months and can't find a topic to write about. 

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The thing you need to determine before you write your speech is what type of speech you are expected to give.  The four main types of speech are informative, persuasive, motivational, and entertaining.  Once you know which type of speech you are to give, you can start narrowing your topics.

First of all, brainstorm some ideas about what you like about French culture, history, or even the country’s geography and landmarks.  Make a list of things you could talk about under the type of speech you are to give.  For example:

Informative speech: An informative speech provides information about a subject. This could include:

  • Cause of the French Revolution
  • The best restaurants in Paris
  • The effects of WWII on France
  • Immigration policies in France today.

Persuasive: A persuasive speech tries to change people’s ideas or convince them of something. Examples could include:

  • Why learning French is important in today’s society.
  • Why we should eat like the French.
  • Why we should help France with their anti-terrorist actions.

Motivational: A motivational speech is similar to a persuasive speech, but it goes beyond persuasion to fervently impel people to action.

  • How to fight terrorism.
  • How to break from the Euro.
  • How to preserve prescribed French language.

Entertaining: These speeches range from touching to humorous in nature, are often called occasional speeches, and are intended to add a personal touch to special events, whether of a happy character or a sad character.  For example,

  • A personal-touch speech on strange French customs and how they effect you (humorously or otherwise).
  • Weird cultural habits of the French from a personal view.
  • Foods only French people eat, with a personal perspective.

I hope this brainstorming helps. Bonne Chance!



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