“The material is really well written: It helps to keep learners focussed and involved at all levels and there’s a nice touch of humor which really helps you get the best out of lessons”

(Ian M. – teacher, 20 years’ experience)


Speak Your Mind is a ‘word-based’ teaching programme, so books do not follow the traditional ‘topic-based’ plan. Designed for clarity and focus on language-content, Speak Your Mind Student Books provide comprehensive explanations of vocabulary and grammar, and hundreds of reading samples and dialogues that give learners easy access to language in a wide range of contexts and styles (for examples of student books see below).

Speak Your Mind Student Books

Each book contains :

  • 2 audio CD’s (for around 150 minutes listening)
  • British English and American English
  • Over 600 clear, practical presentations and examples of new words
  • Hundreds of sample dialogues
  • Clear, level-based introduction of grammar
  • 60 exercises
  • Regular sections on pronunciation and stress
  • Focus on formal and informal styles

Please note that Speak Your Mind books are only available to students enrolled on courses at Speak Your Mind associate schools.
The 2014 recommended retail price for Speak Your Mind Student Book is €26,25.

“Speak Your Mind is much more than a book because language is more than just ink. Some students read their books in their own time, others don’t, but all of them engage with and learn from their lessons at school, where the content comes to life. It is the lesson that gets the learning done and the book is a support to the lesson rather than the other way round. You might be struck by the simplicity of the book design but content and clarity are the core values.”




Speak Your Mind Units 1-2 is an ideal course, both for complete beginners and for people who have studied some English before but when they need to use it they don’t know where to start. Speak Your Mind lessons give students a unique combination of speaking -practice and structured learning, right from the first lesson. Speaking and listening are the most important parts of your lessons but reading and writing are integrated into the programme with a variety of simple, regular activities and exercises. With the basic grammar you need for simple situations and around 800 words, Units 1-2 takes learners to A1 level (see map on The Levels).

Pages: 255

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Speak Your Mind Units 3-4 takes learners up to A2 level. With an active vocabulary of nearly 1,400 words and a practical command of the basic grammar, at this level you can use your English in many common situations for travel. You can now have simple social conversations and can do limited tasks at work.

Pages: 246

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With around 700 new words, Speak Your Mind Units 5-6 gives learners the extra language and the extra confidence they need to move ahead from ‘elementary’. New grammar is introduced regularly and gradually to become a real ‘help’ when you speak (not just an extra problem!). New language covers a wide range of topics, making every lesson relevant and interesting.

Pages: 381

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Students who complete Units 7-8 have reached an important stage in their studies (the equivalent of B1). At this stage students have an active command of approaching 3,000 of the most useful and frequent words in English. This level can be a good objective for people who need to use English for general purposes in everyday situations. This level is also a solid base for those who want to continue their English studies for more specific uses.

Pages: 391

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Units 9-10 is the fifth part in the complete SyM programme. Speak Your Mind is a real alternative to traditional intermediate courses, providing plenty of focussed practice in lessons and ensuring that lesson after lesson you keep moving in the right direction – forwards. Unit 9-10 builds up and broadens vocabulary systematically, presenting new language in a range of relevant and practical contexts to ensure that lessons are always interesting. A wide range of exercises and reading passages make the course complete.

Pages: 337

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Students who have completed Units 11-12 have an active vocabulary of around 4,200 words and have reached the equivalent of CEF level B2. Clear and relevant presentation of new words and grammar, together with the rich blend of styles and topics make this an effective and enjoyable course for learners who already have a good control of the basic structures of English and who need to use English in a wider range of social and professional contexts or who are preparing for FCE.

Pages: 320

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The high intermediate programme develops vocabulary along two parallel lines – the formal language of business, debate and study, and the ‘everyday’ language, rich in idiomatic expressions and phrases, that anyone who lives or works in a ‘real English’ situation really needs. A varied range of reading passages, discussion topics and original exercises, make sure your lessons are interesting as well as productive.

Pages: 354

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Speak Your Mind’s ever-popular advanced programme adds a further 1,300 words and phrases. An original variety of lesson activities makes it a high-level course with a difference. An updated version of this book is already on the drawing board.

Pages: 465

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