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).
- Social Movements Building a Better World (human right movements, feminism, NGOs & charities, grassroots, 15M, Arab springs, the Occupy movement)
- Nonviolent Struggle
- Reclaiming Democracy
- Democracy & Politics
- Politics & Corruption
- Consumerism & happiness
- Bullying in Spain / the world
- Bullying and Gender
- Bullying and Power
- Violence Against Women (“Violencia de género”)
- Violence in Sports
- Religion and Women’s Rights / Religion & People’s Rights.
- Unemployment & Gender / Immigration / Age Groups
- Fundraising: crowdfunding
- Free Trade
- Fulfilling Jobs
- Climate Change
- Climate Change & Tourism
- Tourism & Environmental Protection
- Cultures & Lifestyles
- Changing Relationships
- Stress & Depression
- Empathy & Happiness
- What Is Courage?
- Free Time & Leisure
- Technology: smart phones
- Technology: the internet
- Technology: video games
- Science: stem cells
- Science: neuroscience and human identity
- Science: modern linguistics
- Spanish movies/films
- Spanish artists
- Free Culture
- Food & Culture
- Sports & Health
- The Mass Media
- Cosmetic Surgery
- Bullfighting: Art or Cruelty?
- 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: