Unit 5 looks at a number of different techniques we can use to help our students with their speaking skills. This unit looks specifically at group work, warmers and controlled practice. In the video you will see teachers in Thailand organising activities, giving instructions and leading controlled practice. John Kay gives advice to focus teachers on these classroom techniques. 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.

The interactive and downloadable material asks you or your trainees to think through the decisions that go towards making a speaking activity successful – groupings, instructions, language input etc. No ‘right’ answers are given but rather teachers are encouraged to think ‘it depends’ - the ‘right’ way to set up an activity depends on the nature of the activity.

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.

Interactive tasks and video
Watch the video below. It shows Montakarn, Pathumporn, Sumalee and Supote talking about how they organise activities, give instructions and lead controlled practice. John Kay, the teacher trainer, provides commentary and advice.

Task 1: Using warmers. This task asks you to think about what an example warmer would be useful and not useful for.

Task 2: Giving instructions. This task asks you to match a number of statements with the teachers who said them.

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