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Articles on speaking

Look at specific speaking skills, or broader issues such as motivation in our articles below.

Getting teenagers talking

Getting teenagers to use English in class can provide a considerable challenge to most teachers. This article examines some of the reasons why it can be so difficult and makes some suggestions for overcoming these problems.

Rhythm, rhyme, repetition, reasoning and response in oral storytelling

Live storytelling is a spontaneous creative process which fires the imagination. The listener experiences and participates in the story creatively. If the storyteller allows, the listener can have a direct influence on the story as it unfolds.

Video recorders in the classroom - speaking article - guest writers

Video recorders in the classroom

I have just become an uncle! My new nephew Tomás is three weeks old today. 

Video for the English classroom - speaking article - guest writers

Video for the English classroom

Exactly five years ago this month, the video-sharing site YouTube was officially launched to the public. Since then, the site and others like it have been affecting the world in diverse and unpredictable ways.

Core activities for using the chart to integrate pronunciation - speaking article - guest writers

Core activities for using the chart to integrate pronunciation

I often see the Sound Foundations chart (you can see it below) in classrooms, and teachers using it to bring pronunciation into the central arena of language work. But sometimes teachers say they have not been introduced to a basic method for using it and they end up treating it like an ordinary wall chart. 

Interview with Keith Kelly

Keith Kelly is very well known to many people in the world of CLIL for running the www.factworld.info website and factworld@yahoogroups.com discussion list, as well as speaking at conferences around the world on the subject. But who is he and what insights into CLIL can he offer the hardworking teacher?

Personalised speaking

People spend a huge chunk of their everyday conversation time talking about themselves and the people they know, so the most natural thing in the world is for us to invite our students to do the same.

Group discussion skills

Group discussions occur in many different formats – from very informal ones between friends to highly structured and challenging discussions included as part of a selection process.

Public speaking skills

For many people, standing up in public and doing a speech is one of their greatest fears. For many language students in particular, this is the ultimate challenge.

On being resourceful... - speaking article - guest writers

On being resourceful...

This is the first of two articles by Gavin Dudeney for TeachingEnglish, during his month on the site as Guest Writer.

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Evaluating speaking - the IELTS speaking test - speaking article

Evaluating speaking - the IELTS speaking test

This is the third in a series of articles looking at evaluating speaking, focusing on the IELTS speaking test. 

Personalised speaking

People spend a huge chunk of their everyday conversation time talking about themselves and the people they know, so the most natural thing in the world is for us to invite our students to do the same.

Evaluating speaking - Part 2 - speaking article

Evaluating speaking - Part 2

This article is in three parts. The first part has already looked at what a speaker needs to be able to do to use spoken English as an effective form of communication. This second part now looks at whether these different elements can be evaluated formally, and what ways there are to do this.

Speaking aids - speaking article

Speaking aids

How would your Christmas feel without a Christmas tree or your birthday without a cake? How romantic would your romantic dinner be without candles?

Core activities for using the chart to integrate pronunciation - speaking article - guest writers

Core activities for using the chart to integrate pronunciation

I often see the Sound Foundations chart (you can see it below) in classrooms, and teachers using it to bring pronunciation into the central arena of language work. But sometimes teachers say they have not been introduced to a basic method for using it and they end up treating it like an ordinary wall chart. 

Teaching speaking skills 2 - overcoming classroom problems - speaking article

Teaching speaking skills 2 - overcoming classroom problems

This article is written for teachers with large classes of students who have encountered some of the following or similar problems during speaking activities in their classroom.

Tips for ELT managers - speaking article - guest writers

Tips for ELT managers

Like many others, I rather fell into ELT management. One moment I was in the classroom, the next I was sorting out teaching materials into files for the staffroom and the next I knew I had stepped into a substitution job for the absent DoS (Director of studies).

Group discussion skills

Group discussions occur in many different formats – from very informal ones between friends to highly structured and challenging discussions included as part of a selection process.

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Audio exchange project - speaking article

Audio exchange project

I was teaching a monolingual group of 12 teenagers (15-17) at upper-intermediate level who were following a course book. The students were motivated but they needed a 'real' communication task, the opportunity to communicate with students who didn't speak Russian or Ukrainian. I decided to record them and send the tape to students in a non-Russian speaking country. 

Controversies in Business English - speaking article - guest writers

Controversies in Business English

I began teaching business English in 1980 and have observed over the years huge differences in the way we teach.

Controversies in using technology in language teaching - speaking article - guest writers

Controversies in using technology in language teaching

In his first article for TeachingEnglish, Pete Sharma considers some of the controversies surrounding the use of technology in and out the classroom.

Core activities for using the chart to integrate pronunciation - speaking article - guest writers

Core activities for using the chart to integrate pronunciation

I often see the Sound Foundations chart (you can see it below) in classrooms, and teachers using it to bring pronunciation into the central arena of language work. But sometimes teachers say they have not been introduced to a basic method for using it and they end up treating it like an ordinary wall chart. 

Evaluating speaking - speaking article

Evaluating speaking

This article looks at what a speaker needs to be able to do in order to use spoken English as an effective form of communication.

Evaluating speaking - Part 2 - speaking article

Evaluating speaking - Part 2

This article is in three parts. The first part has already looked at what a speaker needs to be able to do to use spoken English as an effective form of communication. This second part now looks at whether these different elements can be evaluated formally, and what ways there are to do this.

Evaluating speaking - the IELTS speaking test - speaking article

Evaluating speaking - the IELTS speaking test

This is the third in a series of articles looking at evaluating speaking, focusing on the IELTS speaking test. 

Find the gap - increasing speaking in class - speaking article

Find the gap - increasing speaking in class

The communicative approach to language learning stresses the need for meaningful communication, emphasising that if students have a genuine reason or motivation to talk then they will learn to use the language more effectively.

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