Unit 1 is an introduction to the content of the whole Teaching Speaking series and contains clips from the other 8 programmes in the series. 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.

One of the aims of this session is to help you or your trainees see the differences between accuracy and fluency and to understand why each is important. You or your trainees are asked to think about some of the key problems that students face in your context. Are they mainly problems with accuracy or fluency – or both?

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
Watch the video below. It shows Montakarn, Pathumporn, Sumalee and Supote talking about some of the challenges for them when they are teaching speaking skills. When you have finished watching the video, match the correct statements to each speaker by dragging them into the boxes provided.

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In the Philippines, where I do live, most teachers are focusing on book. I hate focusing on book. I love speaking. Only few teachers conduct a debate forum. Speaking must be mastered because it is highly needed for public speaking, and the clever you become in it, the confident person you become.

As above my companion said that speaking is very important. Being a teacher I am giving more importance to speaking instead of writing or else i always give some sample sentences to my student and they make more sentences like those. In one month i have observed that in fact its working

speaking and listening is the key to get success in communication and interaction

Great advice comes from experience. Teaching is a gift. Some have a natural ability to teach non-native speakers. It does help to show them the end result of what they will be able to accomplish before the start of each lesson.
I love it when I stand back and let the class perform conversational activities. It is a pleasure to see the children speaking out loud and waving hello or goodbye and putting directly into practice everything I taught them to learn how to say in class, The results of listening to them speaking out naturally to me is a job well done. Using the classroom to communicate freely with each lesson plan as if they were all on their own while i observe is the best form of natural conversation! GB

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