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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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Teaching Speaking – Tips to develop the speaking skills of your students Speaking is a fundamental language skill. It is the primary way in which we communicate information. When we ask how well we can function in a second language, we ask the question “how well do you speak…?”, so it is the ability to speak well which best represents our proficiency in another language. Product and process writing: A comparison The best practice in any situation will depend on the type of student, the text type being studied, the school system and many other factors. Thus, this article cannot prescribe a system for the teaching of writing that is optimal for all teaching situations. Rather, I hope to describe and contrast two popular, yet very different, approaches and examine how both can be used in the classroom. A product approach A process approach A summary of the differences Which approach to use One or the other Further reading A product approach This is a traditional approach, in which students are encouraged to mimic a model text, which is usually presented and analysed at an early stage. A model for such an approach is outlined below:

How to Teach the Standards Without Becoming Standardized The standards are the learning goal, the “what” of education, but there are many approaches to how those standards are taught. “When you empower kids in that way in a standards-driven space, you see amazing things,” Laufenberg said. Standards can also give teachers a common language to talk about one another’s ideas. “It can open up doors that you might not have otherwise had,” said Chris Loeffler, a third grade teacher at Wilmington Friends School. Find the gap - increasing speaking in class This article looks at how the notion of a gap between speakers can be used to provide a reason for communication. Finding ways to create gaps between students, gaps which need closing, creates speaking opportunities and prompts the creation of new activities. What is a gap? Types of gap Increasing student talking time Conclusion What is a gap?

Kids and writing In the classroom there are many ways of using these writing activities to help children practise their English whilst developing their creativity and imagination. Here are some examples. 1. Write a story Before writing, ask learners to tell you about stories they've already read. Lesson planning: 4 top tips you need to know If you type ‘lesson plan’ into your favorite search engine, you will find literally hundreds of different lesson plan formats. Such a wide range of formats illustrates that there is no fixed or perfect way to plan a lesson. In our day-to-day teaching, most of us will not produce an extensive and detailed lesson plan. We know that by writing out a full plan we can address problems and inconsistencies that we would not otherwise see. However, in most cases this simply is not practical.

Kids and speaking A reason to speak Make sure that the children have a reason for speaking, for example, they need to talk to their partner to complete a picture or to find information in order to make a graph. Think about the questions you ask in class. If you ask ‘Is this a pencil?’ children can only respond either ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Five Steps to Writing a Good For and Against Essay An essay is a formal piece of writing which describes, analyses or discusses a particular issue. The most common types are: Opinion essays. They present the writer’s personal opinion of the topic, supported with examples and reasons.For and against essays. They present both sides of an issue in a balanced way.

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