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Biographical Dictionary and Great Speeches books18 January 2016 was Martin Luther King Day in the United States of America. If you want to find out more about King and other well-known figures then the Chamber’s Biographical Dictionary is the best place to start. This key reference book also covers famous people in the fields of literature, arts, engineering, law, science and politics. To search for his famous ‘I Had a Dream’ speech try the Chambers Book of Great Speeches. The book gives a short biography of the speech giver and explains the context in which they delivered their speech. Other entries include Churchill, the feminist Betty Friedan and Malcolm X.

For those of you where English is just one of your languages then we’ve also got a Graded Reader. And if you’re interested in Malcolm X then watch Spike Lee’s Malcolm X film on DVD.

Having read King’s Speech then watch our recording of Simon Armitage explaining how King’s speech had such an impact on the BBC programme Speeches That Shook the World. You can catch clips of the programme on BBC iPlayer.

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Careers standOur students often do group presentations as part of their course work and we support them with material on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)’s LRC English, Maths & Study Skills page. On Monday 11 November Simon Armitage presented a fantastic programme on  BBC 4 called Speeches that Shook the World. The programme looked at speeches and speech makers that have had great impact. These included speech writers for Tony Blair when he was prime minister as well as famous speeches like Martin Luther King’s I had a Dream SpeechEarl Spencer’s speech at Prince Diana’s funeral and Emeline Pankhurst.

The programme gives you tips on building a speech to wow your audience. Here’s a taster of material you can borrow from us on public speaking and presenting.


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