* Speaking File

Every month you should work on a 4-minute monologues at home, to share in class later on for feedback. This work should take you a few sessions involving a lot of listening and L&R or retelling, before you draft your outline; collecting UL and finally putting together an outline you can practice at least THREE times to speak from. NEVER WRITE YOUR MON DOWN AS A NARRATIVE. That’s not training in Speaking at home. You can do that after you’ve done your piece in class for feedback, as follow-up (consolidation) work. When you share your work in class you can audio record your piece, and after our feedback consider if making a final recording at home for your Speaking File — the collection of speaking exercises your worked on during the course.

This is your Monologue Learning Sheet, a copy of which you should hand in at the end of the month: monlearningsheet (1 word page)

This is your Speaking File log: calendarioescolar_speakingfile1 (1 word page, so you can adapt it to your needs). It does include interactions (timed conversations in pairs or groups of three) but in the first half of the course our interactions will be in class, in our conversations and discussions.

You should choose the topic depending on your listening work (at home and/or in class). And you should work following the methodology I will explain, which makes sure you practice Speaking instead of Writing, and helps you learn to work with outlines, instead of the very bad ideas of using narratives.

You can use the lists below to select topics for your listening and reading work, to collect Useful Language and ideas for your monologues, conversations and discussions. As you will probably work on a few each month, remember you’ll also have to select one (minimum) for your monthly work on a monolog(ue) at home (Speaking File).

  1. Social Movements Building a Better World (human right movements, feminism, NGOs & charities, grassroots, 15M, Arab springs, the Occupy movement)
  2. Nonviolent Struggle
  3. Reclaiming Democracy
  4. Democracy & Politics
  5. Politics & Corruption
  6. Consumerism & happiness
  7. Bullying in Spain / the world
  8. Bullying and Gender
  9. Bullying and Power
  10. Empowerment
  11. Violence Against Women (“Violencia de género”)
  12. Violence in Sports
  13. Religion and Women’s Rights / Religion & People’s Rights.
  14. Unemployment & Gender / Immigration / Age Groups
  15. Self-employment
  16. Fundraising: crowdfunding
  17. Microcredits
  18. Free Trade
  19. Fulfilling Jobs
  20. Climate Change
  21. Climate Change & Tourism
  22. Tourism & Environmental Protection
  23. Cultures & Lifestyles
  24. Changing Relationships
  25. Stress & Depression
  26. Empathy & Happiness
  27. What Is Courage?
  28. Free Time & Leisure
  29. Travelling
  30. Technology: smart phones
  31. Technology: the internet
  32. Technology: video games
  33. Science: stem cells
  34. Science: neuroscience and human identity
  35. Science: modern linguistics
  36. Spanish movies/films
  37. Spanish artists
  38. Free Culture
  39. Food & Culture
  40. Sports & Health
  41. Surveillance
  42. The Mass Media
  43. Celebrities
  44. Dieting
  45. Cosmetic Surgery
  46. Bullfighting: Art or Cruelty?
  47. Traditions & New Developments

List of sample topics and reminders: speakingfile (2 Word pages)

Here is last year’s page, with resources you might find of help:


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