Speaking in Academic Contexts

Rhetorical Functions in Academic Speaking


Narrating & reporting

Using the information given here, give a short presentation on the history of the space age.

Writing instructions

Give instructions for something you know how to do.


Describe the education system in your country. Explain about the different kinds of schools and how they are organised.

Comparing and contrasting

Compare the education systems in UK and your country. Explain about the similarities and differences.

Cause and effect

Explain how something works.

Arguing & Discussing

Talk about something you feel strongly about. Anticipate the other point of view and explain why it is wrong.