Spanish Research & Presentation Topics


Posted on February 4th, by Rory in High School Spanish. 6 comments

Need some interesting, relevant Spanish class presentation topics? Let us help you get started with unas ideas:

Light Topics:

    1. Common Slang Expressions
      Every day you say things that don’t translate well, they are the things that come out totally wrong when you run them through Google Translate or another online translation tool.  ”Sick” and “Phat” might be two examples that most people over 30 never say and probably don’t even quite understand.  Get into a Wordreference forum and you can see what professional translators are saying about your favorite expression.  Many times they will even specify where they are from and how to say that expression in their part of the world.
    2. Spain’s perceived linguistic superiority over Spanish in the AmericasMost people you speak to here in the USA and throughout Central and South America perceive the Spanish from Spain to be “better” than the Spanish from the Americas. Those same people wouldn’t necessarily say that the English from England is any “better” than the English here in the Americas – what’s that all about?
    3. Diet variations and trends in Central and South AmericaWhat are the staples in the Central American and South American diets. What foods do they have in common and what are the variations?  If they are the same foods, how are they seasoned differently depending on the region they are in?
    4. What is a tortilla?
      Tortilla is a common word in Spanish, but it doesn’t always mean the same thing or look the same from one place to the next.  What are all the different kinds of tortillas out there?
    5. The pet’s role in a family
      North Americans often think of their dogs and cats as part of the family.  Is this the same throughout the Spanish-speaking world?  If not, how is the role of a pet different across cultures?

Heavier Topics:

    1. Equatorial Guinea: Africa’s only Spanish-speaking country
      How does it differ linguistically from Latin American countries?
    2. The Panama Canal
      How did its history and construction affect the ethnic diversity of the region?
      What does the current expansion mean for the water supply of the canal zone, and the economy of Panama?
    3. Unarmed Conflict in Costa Rica
      How has Costa Rica – a country with no army and a strong dedication to peace – dealt with its current border dispute with Nicaragua without reverting to physical or military force?
    4. Recent changes to the Spanish Language
      The Real Academia Española recently approved some official changes to the Spanish language. How were these changes agreed upon, and do they represent a more united or more divided Spanish Language?
    5. Las Presidentas
      In the past four years, Chile, Costa Rica, Brazil and Argentina* have all elected their first female presidents. While Latin America has had female leaders in the past, this represents a sudden rise in independent female leadership. What is this being attributed to, and what does it mean for the region – if anything?
      Presentation topics - pueblos indigenas *Argentina’s current president is its second female president but first elected female president
    6. Pueblos Indígenas
      Bolivia and Guatemala have the most sizable indigenous populations in the Americas (about 55% and 40% of their total populations, respectively). Compare and contrast the role of indigenous populations in both societies, considering factors such as language, religion, conflicts, economics, etc.
    7. Emigration
      Latin America has some of the highest emigration rates in the world. People choose to leave their countries for a variety of reasons, such as economic instability (in the case of Ecuador) or armed conflict (in the case of El Salvador). Choose either Ecuador or El Salvador and explore the effects that emigration – and remittances – has on its economy.
    8. Oil Exploitation
      Several Latin American countries, such as Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina, have massive reserves of oil . What have been some of the positive and negative effects of exploiting these reserves in each country?
    9. Ecuador’s Yasuní Initiative
      Ecuador has huge oil reserves that happen to be located under Yasuní National Park, an area of extraordinary biodiversity, and home to indigenous peoples. In 2007 the Ecuadorian government proposed a unique initiative requesting that Ecuador be compensated for half the value of the oil underground in return for not drilling in the National Park.
      How is this going so far?
      What does this mean for environmental policy in Latin America?
    10. Inequality
      It’s common to hear people talk about “inequality” in Latin America. However, this often means more than just economic inequality. What factors are used to measure inequality, and how do Latin American countries compare using factors other than income?

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6 thoughts on “Spanish Research & Presentation Topics

  1. Hi, could you please suggest to me some research topics. My area of research will be Foreign Language Teaching in Spanish.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Dhiraj Rai

  2. Hi Dhiraj,
    We’d be happy to suggest some research topics – can you tell us what level you’re at (high school, college, etc.) and how extensive your research needs to be?
    Thanks!

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  4. I am in need of a topic for a spanish linguistics thesis. I have many latino friends from all over south america here to help if needed. If you could suggest a linguistic related study that needs to be investigated, that would be great. Thanks

  5. Hi Christopher,
    It depends on your area of interest. You could do /s/ aspiration as there is a TON of research on that topic. /r/ deletion of variation. Grammaticalization of words to discourse markers. Investigate the usage of “tener -ado/-ido” as it’s being used to potentially replace the present perfect. You could do any of these things from a historical standpoint or a usage based study, looking at things how they vary now.

    Good luck!

  6. Hey I am looking for intensive research in the field of Spanish Translation and Interpretation in two countries. Spain and USA. I will stay in spain for a month and will be back in USA and was looking for some competitive undergrad college senior level research topics in the above mentioned field. Would be glad if you could help me out and reply to my email. Thank you

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