TRENAK11 Course Reference Files
Sample Short Speeches of Welcome and Thanks
(Bare-bones 'models' to be developed as appropriate and delivered extemporaneously)
TRENAK11 English Public Speaking (Hopkins)
Department of Translation Studies, University of Tampere


1. Ladies and Gentlemen, Good Morning!

On behalf of the Department of Translation Studies I would like to welcome all of you today to our class in Public Speaking. As you know, we have long had such a class in our English Section curriculum, and it is a pleasure to have all of you as a part of the class this year.

The theme of our class today is the Short Speech of Welcome, and we are fortunate to have with us Miss [Mr.] XXX, of YYY, who will speak to us on this subject. Miss [Mr.] XXX, as we well know, is uniquely qualified to speak to us on this topic through her [his] participation in this class . . . .

It gives me great pleasure, therefore, to be able to present to you our speaker for today. Ladies and Gentlemen, Miss [Mr.] XXX XXX.


2. Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen:

This morning we are very pleased to be able to welcome Miss Elizabeth Johnson as our guest speaker. Miss Johnson has come to address us on the subject of "New Antibiotics," and as the London Drug Company, which she represents, is known to be one of the leaders in this field, we are very fortunate indeed in having their representative here to talk with us about this important subject. It should be a great help to us, particularly as we are presently researching some of these drugs.

So, on behalf of all of us, I'd like to welcome our guest speaker, Miss Elizabeth Johnson.


3. Ladies and Gentlemen:

On behalf of the University of Tampere I would like to welcome our special guest, Professor Yutsio Yamamoto, who holds the Emperor's Chair in Physics at the University of Sapporo. We are delighted to be able to have such a distinguished scholar join us, and are particularly happy that he will be able to stay for the whole conference.

We are most fortunate this evening to be able to hear Professor Yamamoto speak to us on "Japanese Industy and the Environment." I am sure we are all looking forward very much to this interesting presentation, and so without further ado I would like to turn over the podium to Professor Yamamoto.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Professor Yutsio Yamamoto.


4. Thank you very much, Miss [Mr.] XXX, for your excellent presentation. I am certain that I can speak for all of us when I say that seldom have I heard this topic presented so clearly. Again, we very much appreciate your being able to join us today; it would be a privilege indeed if you could return to address us again sometime in the future.

Ladies and Gentlemen, this concludes the formal part of today's meeting, and so we can now adjourn for our informal tea and reception [where?], during which you will be able to meet and talk with Miss [Mr.] XXX. Thank you.



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