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Speech analysis, rhetoric and writing

Speech analysis, rhetoric and writing Speech analysis, rhetoric and writing
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Interdisciplinary Learning CoursesSpeech analysis, rhetoric and writing

Analyzing famous speeches allows you to acquire skills to recognize the thesis, the ideas that support it, and to become familiar with the argumentative techniques and strategies that have made these texts valuable documents and a learning source. The student will be able to know the author's perspective, his/her intention, and to understand the resources that produce the most impact on the reader or listener. This work allows interaction with texts in their cognitive, social, political, historical and cultural context, therefore, this ILC is a very transversal subject within the field of written comprehension and expression.

Learning Objectives

  • 1. Dissect the structure and rhetoric of famous speeches.
  • 2. Delve into three of the five Ciceronian phases of the speeches (inventio, dispositio and elocutio).
  • 3. Analyze the discursive typologies of argumentative texts, resources and persuasive strategies.
  • 4. The power of language in discrimination.
  • 5. Write a speech.
  • 6. Develop skills to argue from different points of view.
  • 7. Acquire the ability for analysis and strengthen the critical spirit.


This subject comes from the need for 3rd year students, starting in the 21-22 academic year, to come into contact with other disciplines different from their own, to learn content different from that offered in the technical curriculum of their degree, and to work with students of other degrees. That is, it allows students to discover knowledge that is not considered in their degree and to enjoy the enrichment of a group made up of students of different degrees.

This ILC, like the others, is a very practical subject and should be taught using the PBL methodology (project-based learning), cooperative learning and when possible: CBL (challenge-based learning).

Contents of the Subject

Speech analysis, rhetoric and writing

  • 1. Rhetoric. General concept. Its origins.
  • 2. Introduction to the history of rhetoric.
  • 3. Speech analysis I: a) Inform. b) Entertain. c) Convince.
  • 4. Speech analysis II: a) Inventio. b) The topics of the speech.
  • 5. Speech analysis III: a) Dispositio. b) Elaboration of the speech.
  • 6. Speech analysis IV:a) Elocutio. b) Rhetoric of the speech.
  • 7. Argumentation and the debate.
  • 8. The power of language and its dangers I a) Invisibility, Undervaluation and Humiliation.
  • 9. The power of language and its dangers II b) Examples I.
  • 10. The power of language and its dangers III a) Examples II.
  • 11. Persuasion techniques to attract attention.
  • 12. Practical work I. Designing a speech.
  • 13. Practical work II. Designing a speech.
  • 14. Practical work III. Presentation and analysis of speeches.
  • 15. Practical work IV. Presentation and analysis of speeches.


Ana Heredero Professor of Speech analysis, rhetoric and writing

Ana Heredero

Ana Heredero is the head and trainer of the team of Spanish and English tutors at the CEN (Nebrija Writing Center). She is a professor of SFL, of Techniques for Writing Correctly and of the Reading Club. She is also an assistant for academic coordination, and guide for activities, visits and excursions at Nebrija. She has worked as an audiovisual translator in Madrid and as a training assistant in Germany. She has taught Spanish in China and English in Ethiopia. She has taught writing at Saint Louis University (USA) and has worked at her Writing Center. She studied a Bachelor's Degree in Translation (Spanish, English and German) at this university and at Salford University. She has a Master's Degree in Linguistics Applied to Teaching from SFL (Nebrija) and in English Literature (Saint Louis University).