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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As above my companion said that speaking is very important. Being a teacher I am giving more importance to speaking instead of writing or else i always give some sample sentences to my student and they make more sentences like those. In one month i have observed that in fact its working

speaking and listening is the key to get success in communication and interaction

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