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Teaching speaking - Unit 7: Monitoring

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Unit 7 looks at how we can effectively monitor our students while they are involved in speaking activities.  In the video you will see how teachers in Thailand monitor their students and John Kay gives advice on how to monitor well. 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 think about how you do speaking activities in class and introduces some areas to consider when listening to students. You will also look at useful classroom language which can help students to use English rather than L1.

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 and video
Watch the video below. It shows Montakarn, Pathumporn, Sumalee and Supote monitoring their students while they are engaged in speaking activities. John Kay, the teacher trainer, provides commentary and advice.

Task: Tips for monitoring. This task asks you to complete the stages of monitoring by adding tips in the correct places.


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