Ester Boldú
Don’t take notes!
 Find all the information and resources at:
http://anglester.blogspot.com
Outline:
1. Definition of “Speaking”.
2. Definition of “Teaching Speaking”.
3. Elements of a Speaking Activity.
4. Act...
1. Definition of Speaking:
“Speaking" is the process of building and
sharing meaning through the use of verbal and
non-ve...
1. What is “Speaking”?
 Speaking is the primary mode of
communication
 All humans learn to speak as part of their natura...
1.Components of a Speaking Activity
• Contextualized practice - clear the link
between linguistic form and communicative
f...
1. What are the types of
classroom performance ?
 Imitative (this should be limited) – repetition drill
 Intensive – pra...
“Teaching Speaking" is to teach ESL learners
to select appropriate words and sentences
according to the proper social set...
• Speaking is the most important skill, as it is
the last step in language acquisition.
• It is a tough job for teachers t...
2. How Do We Teach Speaking?
Present new vocabulary words and
grammatical structures in situational and
communicative con...
2. What are the principles for
Teaching Speaking ?
 Focus on fluency and accuracy (depending on
objective).
 Develop spe...
2. Stages for Speaking Activities.
Pre-communicative: Where mainly accuracy-
based activities are used. They tend to be t...
2. Some examples for teaching
speaking
 Interviews
 Guessing games
 Ranking exercises
 Discussions
 Problem-solving a...
2. What are the common
speaking strategies ?
 Asking for clarification (what? Pardon?).
 Asking someone to repeat someth...
TASK 1: Brainstorming
Discuss with your partner possible reasons why
learners do not speak English in class. Write a
coup...
2. Why Learners Do Not Speak?
 They have nothing to say.
 They feel silly speaking a language in which they know
they ar...
 Lack of curriculum emphasis on speaking
skills.
 Teachers limited English proficiency.
 Class conditions do not favor ...
2. Suggestions:
Create a purpose for class communication.
Allow enough time for thinking.
Give enough input before stud...
Organizer: Get Ss engaged and set the activity.
Prompter: Provide Ss with chunks not words.
Observer: Analyze what caus...
3. Teacher’s Role:
Increase the Learners’ Role and Responsibility…
 Use learner centred activities
 Focus on the learner...
3. Elements of a Successful
Speaking Activity:
Provide Appropriate Input
Integrate Skills
Use Variety of Aids
Create a...
3. Getting students to speak
• Games: surveying games, bandit and sheriff,
shopping games, taboo…
• Drilling: standing in ...
3. Communicative Activities:
Classroom activities are designed to get learners
speak and listen to one another (communica...
Find the Difference
Discussions
Debates
Projects (News)
Benefits?
Fostering critical thinking
Quick decision making...
Examples
Oral presentations Celebrations/News
Role-Play
Simulations
Benefits?
Motivating the students
Increasing the self-confidence of hesitant
students
4. Role-P...
<http://www.onestopenglish.com/skills/speaking/lesson-plans/pdf-
content/speaking-skills-lesson-plans-the-wedding-party-
w...
4. Storytelling & Story Completion:
Storytelling
Story Completion
Benefits?
 Fostering creative thinking
 Expressing ...
 Picture Describing (comparing&contrasting)
 Picture Narrating
 Benefits?
 Fostering the creativity and imagination.
...
4. Interviews & Reporting:
Interviews
Reporting
Benefits?
Giving students a chance to practise their
speaking.
Helpin...
Example:
www.finchpark.com/books/TWA_China/pdf-files/045_news_interview_1.pdf
4. Brainstorming & Playing Cards:
 Brainstorming
 Playing Cards
 Benefits:
 Never criticise learners’ ideas.
 Collabo...
TASK 3: Your Example
Create one activity covering these points. Then,
critique one of your peers’ activities using these
...
What Mistakes Do ESL Teachers Make
When Designing a Speaking Activity?
5. Designing a Speaking Activity:
Do not provide enough input or sufficient
vocabulary beforehand
Do not provide authentic materials and shared
knowledge....
Do not prompt students to speak more.
Increase teacher talk time in class.
Usage of one mode of interaction.
Distract ...
 Challenges of assessing speaking activities:
 What to test
 How to test
 When to asses.
 Scoring
6. Speaking Assessm...
 What to test?
 Fluency
 Accuracy (Grammar)
 Pronunciation
 Task Completion
 Vocabulary
 Appropriateness
 Comprehe...
 How to test?
 Question/ Answer
 Picture Test
 Situation Response
 Role-Play
 Formal Presentation
 Tense
6. Speakin...
 When to assess?
 Provide appropriate feedback and correction.
 Takes notes while pairs or groups are talking.
 Addres...
6. Overview = confidence
Calendar
Sequence and Examples
6. Feedback
Sample Scoring System:
Fluency (20%)
Pronunciation (20%)
Accuracy (20%)
Vocabulary (20%)
Task Completion (20%)
6. Spe...
6. Audience Comments Returned
to Students
Speaking Checklist:
Things to be aware of when evaluating speaking
(pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary):
 Pronunciation:
...
Speaking Checklist:
 Grammar:
 Verbs
 Noun Phrases
 Sentence Structure
 Individual Grammar Problems
 Functional Phra...
7. Advice (I): How to improve my
conversation skills?
 Don’t be shy and self-conscious!
 Communication errors can be sol...
7. Resources (I)
 www.eslflow.com
 http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk
 http://www.onestopenglish.com
 http://www.englis...
7. Advice (I): How to improve my
pronunciation?
 Listening and reading aloud
 Writing
 Networking and making friends
 ...
7. Resources (II)
 Daily Conversations:
http://www.worldenglishclub.com/daily-english-
conversations
 EBooks:
http://www...
7. And Rememeber…
Keep It
Simple
…Less is MORE
Any Volunteers?
Any Volunteers?
7. Common teacher statements
 “My students are too shy to speak in a
group”
 “Their English level is too poor to give th...
Thank you for listening
Ester Boldú
Blog: anglester
Mail: esterboldu@gmail.com
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  1. 1. Ester Boldú
  2. 2. Don’t take notes!  Find all the information and resources at: http://anglester.blogspot.com
  3. 3. Outline: 1. Definition of “Speaking”. 2. Definition of “Teaching Speaking”. 3. Elements of a Speaking Activity. 4. Activities to Enhance Fluency 5. Designing a Speaking Activity 6. Assessment and Grading 7. Advices and Resources
  4. 4. 1. Definition of Speaking: “Speaking" is the process of building and sharing meaning through the use of verbal and non-verbal symbols, in a variety of context”. (Chaney, 1998, p.13).
  5. 5. 1. What is “Speaking”?  Speaking is the primary mode of communication  All humans learn to speak as part of their natural biological development  An important component of the language teaching  Speaking exercises are integral in the adoption of another language
  6. 6. 1.Components of a Speaking Activity • Contextualized practice - clear the link between linguistic form and communicative function • Opportunity to personalize language - students can express their own ideas, feelings, preferences and opinions • An awareness of the social use of language - appropriate social behavior and the language that accompanies it • Opportunity to build confidence - build confidence in students to produce language quickly and automatically
  7. 7. 1. What are the types of classroom performance ?  Imitative (this should be limited) – repetition drill  Intensive – practice a grammatical/phonological feature  Responsive – to respond to a question  Transactional (dialogue) – to convey information  Interpersonal (dialogue) – to interact socially  Extensive – monologue (intermediate/advanced)
  8. 8. “Teaching Speaking" is to teach ESL learners to select appropriate words and sentences according to the proper social setting, audience, situation and subject matter. 2. Definition of Teaching Speaking:
  9. 9. • Speaking is the most important skill, as it is the last step in language acquisition. • It is a tough job for teachers to engage student to speak, because there are some barriers and affective filters. • You can write or read or learn grammar or listen individually, but you can not speak with yourself so teaching speaking needs more consideration. 2. Some Teaching Considerations:
  10. 10. 2. How Do We Teach Speaking? Present new vocabulary words and grammatical structures in situational and communicative contexts. Use the language quickly and confidently with few pauses, which is called fluency. Produce the English speech sounds and sound patterns. Use word stress, intonation patterns and the rhythm of the second language.
  11. 11. 2. What are the principles for Teaching Speaking ?  Focus on fluency and accuracy (depending on objective).  Develop speaking strategies and motivating techniques.  Use authentic language in meaningful contexts.  Provide appropriate feedback and correction.  Optimize the natural link between listening and speaking (and other skills).  Give students the opportunity to initiate oral communication.
  12. 12. 2. Stages for Speaking Activities. Pre-communicative: Where mainly accuracy- based activities are used. They tend to be the most controlled. Practice stage: These are fluency based activities where they tend to be less controlled. Communicative interaction or production stage: Free activities and improvisations.
  13. 13. 2. Some examples for teaching speaking  Interviews  Guessing games  Ranking exercises  Discussions  Problem-solving activities  Role plays  Simulations
  14. 14. 2. What are the common speaking strategies ?  Asking for clarification (what? Pardon?).  Asking someone to repeat something.  Using fillers and conversation maintenance cues (uh-huh, right, yeah, okay, hmm).  Getting someone’s attention.  Using paraphrases for structures one can’t produce.  Using formulaic expressions.  Using mime and non-verbal expressions.
  15. 15. TASK 1: Brainstorming Discuss with your partner possible reasons why learners do not speak English in class. Write a couple of these reasons on a paper sheet. Come up with a couple of ideas to encourage students to speak. 2. Why Learners Do Not Speak?
  16. 16. 2. Why Learners Do Not Speak?  They have nothing to say.  They feel silly speaking a language in which they know they are making mistakes.  It is artificial to communicate with your classmate in a foreign language.  They do not have the English level to express the concepts that the teacher wants them to express.  It is very tiring to concentrate on producing in a foreign language; especially when your level is low.  The topic is boring.
  17. 17.  Lack of curriculum emphasis on speaking skills.  Teachers limited English proficiency.  Class conditions do not favor oral activities.  Limited opportunities outside of class to practice.  Examination system does not emphasize oral skills. 2. Reasons for poor speaking Skills
  18. 18. 2. Suggestions: Create a purpose for class communication. Allow enough time for thinking. Give enough input before students speak. Select topics suitable for the learners’ proficiency (level, age…). Create a reward/punishment system for speaking in English. (extra points – 0,25) Avoid over correction (Accuracy vs. Fluency)
  19. 19. Organizer: Get Ss engaged and set the activity. Prompter: Provide Ss with chunks not words. Observer: Analyze what causes communication breakdowns. Participant: Do not initiate the conversation. Feedback provider: Tell Ss how proficient their performance was. Resource: Provide Ss with tools to improve their oral performance. Friendly: Establishes a good rapport with Ss. 2. Characteristics of Teacher in Speaking Activities:
  20. 20. 3. Teacher’s Role: Increase the Learners’ Role and Responsibility…  Use learner centred activities  Focus on the learner talk time Adjust Feedback/Error Correction…  Choose the right time to correct students  Choose the right way to correct students Integrating Skills  Combination of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in classroom activities.  Teachers create activities that imitate real world language use.
  21. 21. 3. Elements of a Successful Speaking Activity: Provide Appropriate Input Integrate Skills Use Variety of Aids Create a Purpose for Speaking Base your Lesson on Real Life Situation Tailor to the Needs
  22. 22. 3. Getting students to speak • Games: surveying games, bandit and sheriff, shopping games, taboo… • Drilling: standing in circles then throw the ball to question-answer each other, using pictures (from books or cards), ask and answer questions in pairs/groups, telephone game • Singing: We’re table number one, The finger song, Can I have a pen? • Chanting: What time is it?, • Storytelling: retelling stories
  23. 23. 3. Communicative Activities: Classroom activities are designed to get learners speak and listen to one another (communicate). TASK 2: Question Which of the following is a communicative task? a) Students read a prepared speech. b) Students read a story and look at the picture. c) One student reads the instructions and the other fixes the machine. …And a speaking task?
  24. 24. Find the Difference Discussions Debates Projects (News) Benefits? Fostering critical thinking Quick decision making and justify themselves Disagreeing with the others politely 4. Activities To Promote Speaking:
  25. 25. Examples Oral presentations Celebrations/News
  26. 26. Role-Play Simulations Benefits? Motivating the students Increasing the self-confidence of hesitant students 4. Role-Play & Simulations:
  27. 27. <http://www.onestopenglish.com/skills/speaking/lesson-plans/pdf- content/speaking-skills-lesson-plans-the-wedding-party- worksheet/teachers-notes-intermediate/149714.article> Example:
  28. 28. 4. Storytelling & Story Completion: Storytelling Story Completion Benefits?  Fostering creative thinking  Expressing ideas in the format of beginning, development and ending, and teaching the characters and setting of a story
  29. 29.  Picture Describing (comparing&contrasting)  Picture Narrating  Benefits?  Fostering the creativity and imagination.  Improving public speaking skills.  Finding similarities and differences.  Speculating feelings and future actions. 4. Picture Describing & Picture Narrating:
  30. 30. 4. Interviews & Reporting: Interviews Reporting Benefits? Giving students a chance to practise their speaking. Helping them becoming socialised.
  31. 31. Example: www.finchpark.com/books/TWA_China/pdf-files/045_news_interview_1.pdf
  32. 32. 4. Brainstorming & Playing Cards:  Brainstorming  Playing Cards  Benefits:  Never criticise learners’ ideas.  Collaborative working.  Teacher should state at the beginning of the activity some rules (Ss are not allowed to prepare yes-no questions, they should answer with complete sentences, etc.)
  33. 33. TASK 3: Your Example Create one activity covering these points. Then, critique one of your peers’ activities using these criteria.  Controlled – Creative?  Level (s) of production?  Teacher roles?  Accuracy, fluency, communicative?  Language focus?  Other skills?  Stage in a lesson?  Seating arrangement?
  34. 34. What Mistakes Do ESL Teachers Make When Designing a Speaking Activity? 5. Designing a Speaking Activity:
  35. 35. Do not provide enough input or sufficient vocabulary beforehand Do not provide authentic materials and shared knowledge. Do not monitor students’ performance. Setting inaccurate time limit. Give limited opportunity for students to speak the target language and do not involve all students. Focus on the dominant students and ignore shy ones. 5. Mistakes of ESL Teachers (I) :
  36. 36. Do not prompt students to speak more. Increase teacher talk time in class. Usage of one mode of interaction. Distract students by correcting their pronunciation, grammar or word choice. Give offensive signs when commenting on a student’s response or pronunciation. Give no or unconstructive feedback 5. Mistakes of ESL Teachers (II):
  37. 37.  Challenges of assessing speaking activities:  What to test  How to test  When to asses.  Scoring 6. Speaking Assessment Challenges:
  38. 38.  What to test?  Fluency  Accuracy (Grammar)  Pronunciation  Task Completion  Vocabulary  Appropriateness  Comprehension  Communicative Competence 6. Speaking Assessment Challenges:
  39. 39.  How to test?  Question/ Answer  Picture Test  Situation Response  Role-Play  Formal Presentation  Tense 6. Speaking Assessment Challenges:
  40. 40.  When to assess?  Provide appropriate feedback and correction.  Takes notes while pairs or groups are talking.  Address problems to the class after the activity without embarrassing the student who made error.  You can write the error on the board and ask who can correct it. 6. Speaking Assessment Challenges:
  41. 41. 6. Overview = confidence Calendar Sequence and Examples
  42. 42. 6. Feedback
  43. 43. Sample Scoring System: Fluency (20%) Pronunciation (20%) Accuracy (20%) Vocabulary (20%) Task Completion (20%) 6. Speaking Assessment Challenges:
  44. 44. 6. Audience Comments Returned to Students
  45. 45. Speaking Checklist: Things to be aware of when evaluating speaking (pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary):  Pronunciation:  Individual sounds  Stress and Intonation  Pausing and Phrasing  Reductions 6. Speaking Assessment Challenges:
  46. 46. Speaking Checklist:  Grammar:  Verbs  Noun Phrases  Sentence Structure  Individual Grammar Problems  Functional Phrases  Vocabulary:  Word Choice  Idioms and Phrasal Verbs  Appropriateness 6. Speaking Assessment Challenges:
  47. 47. 7. Advice (I): How to improve my conversation skills?  Don’t be shy and self-conscious!  Communication errors can be solved.  A conversation is an interactive activity involving listening and speaking from both parties.  It’s all about listening and asking questions.  Do some research!  Lulls are normal.  If a conversation is going wrong, it may not be your fault.
  48. 48. 7. Resources (I)  www.eslflow.com  http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk  http://www.onestopenglish.com  http://www.englishclub.com  http://www.eslgold.com  http://www.usingenglish.com/teachers/lesson-plans  http://www.learnenglishfeelgood.com/esl-printables- worksheets.html  http://www.waze.net/oea
  49. 49. 7. Advice (I): How to improve my pronunciation?  Listening and reading aloud  Writing  Networking and making friends  Greeting people on the street  Having small talks in public  Joining one-on-one conversations, conversation and common interest groups  Watching foreign movies with English subtitles
  50. 50. 7. Resources (II)  Daily Conversations: http://www.worldenglishclub.com/daily-english- conversations  EBooks: http://www.gutenberg.org  Phrases and Expressions for Speaking: http://www.eslgold.com/speaking/phrases.html
  51. 51. 7. And Rememeber…
  52. 52. Keep It Simple …Less is MORE
  53. 53. Any Volunteers?
  54. 54. Any Volunteers?
  55. 55. 7. Common teacher statements  “My students are too shy to speak in a group”  “Their English level is too poor to give their opinion”  “There are too many students in the classroom to do a speaking activity”  “They are not motivated to speak in English”  Etc.  No more excuses!
  56. 56. Thank you for listening Ester Boldú Blog: anglester Mail: esterboldu@gmail.com
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