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UNISA Short Course in English for Speechwriting

UNISA Short Course in English for Speechwriting

Short Course in English for Speechwriting (76908)



The course aims to equip NQF level 7and honours students with the necessary English language competencies in academic and basic research writing. The Course focuses on critical reading and writing skills to help students gain the necessary confidence in using appropriate academic register in English



Target group

The target groups for this course are functionaries associated with corporate, government and diplomatic functionaries.



Admission requirements

Senior Certificate or equivalent NQF level 4 qualification or equivalent experience

First year English undergraduate module

Proficiency in English




6 months


Language medium



Registration periods

1st semester: January/February

2nd semester: June/ July



Tuition method

Both contact and online:

  • online tuition
  • Contact tuition – workshops: Three 2-day workshops.

(additional workshops may be offered at an additional cost at the clients’ request )


Kind of assessment

Learners are assessed as follows:

Formative assessment:

  • Two assignments and short online activities
  • Workshop activities

Summative assessment:

A Portfolio of evidence comprising: workshop activities, a critical evaluation form of presentations and online activities and a personal reflection on the learning process.


Short Course in English for Speechwriting (SCESW1A)
Syllabus/Content Topics

Topic 1: rhetorical strategies used in speechwriting in English

  • Identifying and analysing rhetorical strategies used in different types of speeches in English
  • Speechwriting and other types of writing in English
  • spoken English and Text-to-Word variations
  • Persuasive rhetoric versus everyday English
  • rhetorical and literary techniques used in the English language
  • main and supporting ideas and sentence variation in a speech text;
  • effective speechwriting techniques

Topic 2: Composing a speech in English:

  • from spoken to written text and vice-versa
  • planning, drafting and writing your speech
  • editing and proofreading your speech

Topic 3: Presenting and evaluating presentations:

  • tailoring and presenting a speech for a specific audience and context
  • evaluating presentation and providing constructive feedback;


Course leader

Prof. K.M. Masemola, PhD (University of Sheffield, UK), MA(Natal), BA Hons(WITS), BA(WITS)(Natal);

Department of English Studies

Expertise: 18 years of University lecturing in literature and criticism; authored articles; Rhetoric & Composition, Quality Assurance, Narrative techniques, and Assessment

Theo van Wijk Building, 6-29

Tel: 27 12 429-4587 Fax: 27 12 429-6222

Cell: 082 482 0044



Programme administrator(s)

Ms Mosidi Morule 

Tel: Tel: 012 429 2690

Fax: 012 429 6222

Office 6-07, Theo van Wijk Building, UNISA

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