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Teaching speaking - Unit 2: Rapport

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Unit 2 looks at rapport – the relationship between teachers and their students. In the video you will see teachers in their classrooms and the trainer, John Kay, talking about the importance of having a good relationship with your students and things you can do to help such a relationship develop. 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 teachers to think of ways to encourage empathy, authenticity and respect. It also looks at different learning styles – the different
ways that learners learn. In particular, the materials look at visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning styles and how these different styles might affect the way teachers teach.

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
Watch the video below. It shows Montakarn, Pathumporn, Sumalee and Supote talking about some of the strategies and techniques they use at the start of the school year to build a rapport with their students.

Task 1: Analysis and reflection. This task asks you to think about the advice John Kay gives in the video about establishing rapport and suggest which is most important.

Task 2: Learning styles. This task asks you to look at a number of different activities that a teacher might use in class and decide which kind of learner might enjoy doing them.


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