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Teaching speaking - Unit 9: Fluency

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Unit 9 looks at how we can help learners improve their fluency to become effective communicators of English. This unit looks specifically at group work, warmers and controlled practice.  In the video you will see students engaged in speaking activities – a role play and a debate – while John Kay talks about the different factors involved in helping learners improve their fluency. 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 look at ways of helping students speak more fluently – particularly how careful lesson preparation can help.

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 task and video
Watch the video below. It shows students in the classes Montakarn, Pathumporn, Sumalee and Supote engaged in a series of speaking activities designed to help them improve their fluency. John Kay, the teacher trainer, provides commentary and advice.

Task: Fluency advice. This task asks you to consider different pieces advice for improving fluency and deciding which are useful.


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