Speaking skills

I’m working at a private school and I have a group of eight – year- old children. I would like to develop speaking skills, even though they are beginners and they lack language. How can I do it? What do you think about it?

I ‘m writing a research paper on this topic and I would like to include all your answers as part of the investigation. So I would like to hear from all of you to get opinions from all over the world!

Thanks in advance!


Maria Victoria

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miss D

right now..i'm doing research about dialogue technique and role paly technique..can you give me some explanation,,what the differences between role play and dialogue technique..please

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The controlled stage.

The first step in teaching speaking is to train pupils in sound discrimination, oral vocabulary, verb forms and grammatical patterns. These elements are necessary to acquire linguistic competence. Thus pronunciation should be stressed from the beginning because rules acquired at the start of the language study are often difficult to change later on.
Pupils, therefore, must practise hearing and understanding what is said or heard and pronounce it correctly. This activity is best carried out in the language laboratory where pupils can work at their own pace. They record some sentences, after a model, and then listen to each recording in order to correct any pronunciation problem. The continue this process until they gain some insight into the nature of the phonological rules of English.
At the same time, the teacher should draw the pupils' attention to the rules of grammar and sentence formation. These elements are interdependent and should be developed concurrently. Pupils must, for instance, know that a word may have different pronunciations or meanings in different contexts. This is meant to help pupils differentiate grammatical from ungrammatical utterances; so that they can produce well formed English sentences as they progress in language learning. However, the vobulary, structures and other language patterns should be carefully selected and of high frequently. The speaking activities are to be controlled in order to eliminate the possibility of errors in pupils responces

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Hi,I'm a teacher trainee observer in a public school in Turkey.In our class the teacher gives no chance the students to speak in class.They only read and write.In the future I don't want to be like this teacher.How can I develop my student's speaking skills?please help me!!

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i think sharing activities( to get to know each other, as a oral diary to learn what they do in a whole week or a day and show them to use simple language) can be useful even with such group of learners. firstly, we should eliminate their fear of evaluation. also modelling or doing the first can be beneficial. while doing this we have to pay attention to make connections between their lives and environments. not only for sharing activities but also for others.

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Hi, Fernando
I log in by this account but I don't know why I can not post any discussion on the forum. I saw an announcement that " you are not allowed to post ......" . I really do not know why!
Could you help me, please? I would like to discuss with other people to learn more things.
Thankyou so much Fernando!
Tan Loc,

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Paul Braddock
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Hi Tan Loc, You can still post a comment in the forums at the moment, but you cannot begin a new forum post as we will soon be closing these due to inactivity.

Thanks, Paul

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Famous poems are the competence sources for enhancing the learners' productive skills and literature interest. thus, don't forget to contextualize them when sensing and interpreting them.