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Teaching speaking - Unit 9: Fluency

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Unit 9 looks at how we can help learners improve their fluency to become effective communicators of English. 

This unit looks specifically at group work, warmers and controlled practice.  In the video you will see students engaged in speaking activities – a role play and a debate – while John Kay talks about the different factors involved in helping learners improve their fluency.

This unit contains the following elements:

  • A short video providing input.  
  • A downloadable series of reflection tasks and activities.
  • 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 downloadable material asks you or your trainees to look at ways of helping students speak more fluently – particularly how careful lesson preparation can help.

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.