Teaching speaking skills 1
While it is a bit of an exaggeration, students clearly feel that classroom-based speaking practice does not prepare them for the real world. Why do students so often highlight listening and speaking as their biggest problems? Partly because of the demands of listening and speaking and partly because of the way speaking is often taught. It usually consists of language practice activities (discussions, information-gap activities etc.) or is used to practise a specific grammar point. Neither teaches patterns of real interaction. So what can we do in the classroom to prepare students for real interaction? What do students need? What do students need? Practice at using L1 (mother tongue) strategies, which they don't automatically transfer.An awareness of formal / informal language and practice at choosing appropriate language for different situations.The awareness that informal spoken language is less complex than written language. Practical suggestions What language should I teach?
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