Your Speaking File

This year you should start a Speaking File. This doesn’t exclude speaking in the classroom! It’s just some extra practice.

Here are some ideas…


Create, e.g., a folder in your computer called “english2013-14″ and then a folder inside called “speaking.

With a digital recorder, your mobile/cell phone, whichever other gadget or this amazing user-friendly (easy-to-use) program/programme — thanks, Angela! – Vocaroo (save later as an mp3), record yourself as you speak, and then save the recording with a descriptive title.

Don’t record yourself improvising just now, please. Do some work before doing the mon.


For the time being, work on a 3-minute monolog/monologue a week, on a topic we heard audios about in class, or you have heard native speakers develop in English (textbook audios, podcasts, TV, radio…).

Don’t’s!!! Don’t write it down. Never ever write it down. You would be doing a Writing and a Reading Aloud exercise, and not training in Speaking! You can only use an OUTLINE in your performance.


Before speaking

  1. Brainstorm on topics and pick one.
  2. Brainstorm on points to develop the topic.
  3. Brainstorm on language items you can use — tenses, modals, types of clauses, adjectives, Saxon Genitive, expressions… This constitutes your Language Range.

Your piece

  1. DO the monolog/monologue (once, twice, three times – record them all or after the third try!)

After speaking

  1. Listen to the monolog/monologue, critically and work on your LoM if necessary.
  2. Then record it again whenever trying not to make those mistakes.
  3. Send me the best versions for feedback, with your nickname and the title of the piece in a brief compound descriptive title, e.g. michelle_psychics.mp3 . You can also comment your LoM in class, so we review common or fossilized mistakes.


Your text needs a presentation: “I’m going to speak about…” and then a beginning, a development and an ending. Finally, just signal the end, “And that’s all.”


If you encounter problems once you are recording, try to practice/practise the typical sentences we use to fix mistakes we made or overcome obstacles, like going blank or not finding a word. Please, check this out: Developing Communicative Strategies and What’s the word for? (of course, an examining board cannot answer this, but you can ask rhetorically and then, when you have found a way-out, just say: “Never mind, I mean…”)

Practice FIXING YOUR MISTAKES ON THE SPOT, like you should do in real life. In exams, if you fix your mistakes, that means you are capable of listening to your English and overcoming problems to succeed in communication, so the mistakes you actually fix do not count as mistakes you ignore or never fix.


Every month you can choose your best pieces (one or several) to send me as mp3 files, with your full name as the name of the file or the folder with the files

2 Responses to SPEAKING FILE

  1. José Miguel Rico says:

    Hello Michell,
    I´m José Miguel, a student 3C. Here I send you my monologue this month.


    I’m going speak about a book written by Linda Blair. She is an american famous psychologist. The title of this book is “berth order”.

    The book is about the personality differences among siblings in relation to their age and their birth order. In particular, the differences among first born, second born, third born and only child, and how they develop their own behaviour and personality.

    In my case, Ive got two siblings. I´ve got a sister four years older than me and iive got a brother seven years younger than me. I´m in the middle.

    On the one hand, I partly agree with this book beacuse Linda Blair teels us that middle children are unambitious, charming, sensible and sympathetic.
    On the other hand, I partly desagrre with this book because Linda Blair tells us that middle children are relaxed. I consider myself us a restlessm person.

    All in all, I´d recommend to read this book because you can learn somethings about siblings.

  2. MF says:

    Dear José Miguel,

    I think there is a misunderstanding: you should not write down your monologues, but record them! 🙂 Anyway, if you’ve written it down, you can hand it in so I can correct in paper your mistakes — no problem. But remember to record it, whether you send it to me or not! The Speaking File is so you have at least an audio a month of you surviving a speaking task! 😀

    See you

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