Gifted Gab—The Art of Rhetoric

Do you have a student who is preparing an important speech right now? Do you have a student who wants to work on his or her verbal skills, especially public speaking?

American Rhetoric is a great resource. It has a database of and index to 5,000+ full text, audio, and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two. These are great examples to watch, listen to, and learn from.

In addition to great examples of speeches, there is a compendium of more than 200 audio (mp3) clips illustrating 40 different rhetorical devices. These devices, or stylistic figures, are techniques used in both writing and speaking. For each rhetorical device, there are definitions and examples, both written and audio. Audio examples are taken from public speeches and sermons, movies, songs, lectures, oral interpretations of literature, and other media events.

Several exercises are also included.

This entire website is a great teaching and learning tool.

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