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Obama's 2008 victory speech

This comprehensive lesson plan by Rosie McAndrew, available at intermediate and advanced levels, focuses on the final part of Barack Obama's presidential victory speech. Students complete pre- and post-listening activities, including a focus on the literary style of the speech and Internet-based research tasks.


You can see the full video of Obama's victory speech in the following places:

The New York Times website shows the video with the transcript running parallel to it. The relevant part of the speech is at 14.59mins.

The Times Online shows the video and gives the transcript separately. You can also click to see a full-screen version of the video. The relevant part of the speech is 13.17mins.

You can also view the video on YouTube (above). The relevant part of the speech is at 13.19mins.

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  • We've just published the news lesson on the US election, which contains an exercise on Obama's 2012 victory speech.
    We hope you and your students enjoy it!
    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • Hi,
    I'm impatient to see the new Obama's victory speech lesson plan!
    Can't wait,
    thank you
    Cristina

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  • My students had fun with this lesson. Me too. Thank you!

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  • We're so glad you're all enjoying this lesson four years on!
    We will be running a news lesson on the US election next week which will feature Obama's 2012 speech.
    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • I too find this lesson a memorable one. It's so good. Thank you very much Rosie McAndrew for your invaluable contribution. I keep using it, especially now with recent Obama's Victory at Re-Election. In my very personal opinion, the 2008 speech was outstandingly well written. It is so full with rhetorical devices and allusions that it can even be used for a History lesson. I have used the latest speech as news, of course, and as a warmer for the 2008 one.

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  • I agree. Please don't remove this speech and could you please add the 2012 victory speech? Thank you!

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  • Excellent lesson plan ! I would definitely be interested in a 2012 version !
    I don't have internet access in my classroom. Is there a way to download the speech to be used later in the classroom ?

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  • I think this is a very good lesson. Thank you very much!

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  • Would it be possible for Rosie McAndrew to adapt this great lesson plan to Barack Obama's second victory, please?

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  • Please don't remove this lesson! It is just so excellent!

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