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Speech Introduction

Speech Introduction

Students learn about different types of introductions and practice giving a speech introduction comparing two brands of snack foods.

Level:  Intermediate

Topic:  Introductions

Time:  60 minutes


  • Make one copy of the Speech Introduction Handout for each student.
  • Make one copy of the Peer Evaluations Handout for each student.
  • Two bags of different kinds of candy, chocolate, or chips. For example, Pringles and Ritz Crackers.



Ask students which is a better introduction. The obvious answer is #4 because it creates excitement about the topic.

  1. Today I want to talk about apples.

  2. My speech is about apples.

  3. My topic is apples.

  4. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Many of you may have heard this before, but do you know you should actually eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day?


Give each student the Speech Introduction Handout. Read the Handout together as a class. Ask students to identify the “three basic tasks” in the example paragraph. Ask students which method was used to get the audience’s attention (Answer: Quotation).


Show students the Pringles and Ritz Crackers. Ask students to write an introduction to a speech comparing the two products.

Pringles are better than Ritz Crackers because…


Allow students around 5 minutes to prepare their persuasive speech. Encourage students to come up with 2 – 3 reasons. Allow students to examine and taste the products.


Pass out the Peer Evaluations Handout to each student. The audience’s task is to listen to each speech and take note of the “three basic tasks.”


Ask the first student to go to the front of the classroom and give a speech.


Continue with each student until all the students have had a chance to give a speech.


Discuss each speech together as a class. Ask students to report the “three basic tasks” from each speech. Write answers on the board in the same format as the Handout.

Extended Practice

Ask students to write a simple outline for their speech.

  • Introduction
    • Get audience’s attention
    • Tell audience why it is important
    • Thesis: Pringles are better than Ritz Crackers because…
  • Point 1
  • Point 2
  • Point 3
  • Conclusion 
    • Now you see why Pringles are better than Ritz Crackers.

Printable Worksheets

Speech Introduction Handout
Peer Evaluations Handout


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