Unit 1 is an introduction to the content of the whole Teaching Speaking series and contains clips from the other 8 programmes in the series. This unit contains a short video, interactive reflection activities and PDFs with additional activities, answer key and further opportunities for reflection. If you are a teacher trainer and are planning to use the material in a face-to-face context, there is a set of trainer notes for each topic.

One of the aims of this session is to help you or your trainees see the differences between accuracy and fluency and to understand why each is important. You or your trainees are asked to think about some of the key problems that students face in your context. Are they mainly problems with accuracy or fluency – or both?

The videos in this series express the view that “English language teaching has the same challenges the world over”, but that the solutions to these problems depend very much on the local context, and for this reason the approach taken focuses on tasks that enable the participants to relate the video to their own specific practice and experience.

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Watch the video below. It shows Montakarn, Pathumporn, Sumalee and Supote talking about some of the challenges for them when they are teaching speaking skills. When you have finished watching the video, match the correct statements to each speaker by dragging them into the boxes provided.

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The comment about doing our job properly means taking the back seat was interesting to me. Sometimes, as a teacher, I might worry about the silent gaps. But I need to remember the learners are processing from one language to another before producing an answer or communicating. So patience and confidence play a big role.

It is important implement a way to teach accord the region or country

This video about how can we get our students improve your English skill was really interesting, since we as teachers must apply differents strategies which involve students and encourage them to participe more in English class. These tips explaned on the video will be useful and effective to get students can talk English language well.

In India , English is taught as a subject in schools and not as a language. Teachers are more focuses on grammar and vocabulary than speaking and communication per say. I being an accent trainer and English language teacher in a secondary school, focus on interaction and communication between my students and then introduce vocabulary through phrases..

I agree with Madhumita "English is a language and not a subject". I think that the main objective in teaching a language such as Enlgish Language is to enable students or learners to speak.

When teaching English one should always remember to teach all the four keys. These are listening, reading, speaking and writing. We focus on grammar and forget the rest. Speaking is the most forgotten that is why I would like to learn more about speaking skills.

It's noticed in majority of the Pakistani schools that English in not taught as a language. They only take this as a subject and teach grammar rules, comprehensions and compositions in a boring and woefully inadequate manners. Teachers are given such a lengthy and specific content that they are not able to conduct any kind of learning activities in the classroom. There is no concept of examining the speaking and listening abilities at any stage of academic year.These are the some reasons that students have least interest towards the English language. I don't know when it'll be realized that proficiency in English language can only be acquired through all the four language learning skills.

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