Here are a post by three researchers and a reply by me. They’re about the so important Speaking skill. You might find something useful for your classes of English. They were published in http://teachingenglish.org.uk/ , the website of British Council –BBC.
Submitted by Maria Victoria. on
Hi everyone! I have already posted a question on how to teach speaking to children. The information provided by some of you helped me finish my research paper on that topic.
Now I’m working with two colleagues on a new research paper on how to teach speaking to teenage learners. We’d like to hear your opinion on this subject.
According to your experience, what are the most important factors to bear in mind when teaching speaking to teenagers?
Thanks in advance.
Maria Victoria, Celina and Yanina.
Hi Maria Victoria, Celina and Yanina,
This is my favourite skill to carry out in my classes.
When someone speaks in English, we might say - sorry, for it's magnifying - he or she knows English.
In Spain (yet) Speaking is something not much exploited in many classrooms.
I'm trying summarise. More in http://fernandoexperiences.blogspot.com URL again typed below
1. The ss listen to you teacher speaking massively, or chunk by chunk. Thus, they touch the English language texture. You do this while utilising some miming and gestures and realia.
2. Oh, It's something great, but I should say so many things here...
Ok, let's try another way. Hints, if useful. Only English in the class and you pretend you don't understand their L2. It's fun. They've got to make themselves be understood, and they really want to. 'Oh, you're talking about next weekend football game, ok', I tell them, as if I had understood their message at last, while smiling. They get big motivation.
Then someone pops out and say something else (broken English anyway, but great so far) about the point we're dealing with.
Exploit the language of the unit you're working on lately. Use and and try they'd use that language. Think of present perfect. Exploit affirmative, negative and interrogative forms. Repeat and repeat the sentences - though not too much time!
One day you'll ask them about something of the city you all live in. You pretend you're from an English-speaking country. You ask them questions so as to give you information about the event of the city. You pretend you're following. It's sort of a meaningful game. You paraphrase what they've just said.
Well, I'm stopping here. At your disposal you three resarchers.
Fer Díez Gallego
(Fernando Díez Gallego)
Teacher of English. Teacher trainer
/ Photo from: poteworking_400 huxleyiowa org. Police officer talking with a kid