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Teaching speaking - Unit 6: Activities

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Unit 6 looks at a number of different activities we can use to help our students with their speaking skills. 

This unit looks specifically at the use of debates, stories and information gaps. In the video you will see teachers in Thailand carrying out speaking activities with their classes while John Kay gives advice to focus teachers on these classroom techniques. 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 some different speaking activities and ways of setting them up. You will need to look at different types of information gap activities and think about how teachers can exploit these gaps to make successful speaking activities.

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 Montakarn, Pathumporn, Sumalee and Supote carrying out speaking activities with their students. John Kay, the teacher trainer, provides commentary and advice.

Task: Activity preparation. This task asks you to think about the kind of preparation that is needed before starting different types of speaking activity.


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