THEORY According to Bailey and Savage, 1994. Speaking in a second or foreign language has often been viewed as the most demanding of the four skills. Canale and Swain (1980) proposed that the teaching of speaking must aim at the development of the communicative competence. Oral skill classes at all levels are often structured around functional uses of language.
Useful websites for Speaking www.eslgo.com This webpage includes speaking activities such as role-plays, “Find someone who...” speaking activities, information gap activities, examination rubrics for ESL oral tests, and discussion questions.
http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk This British Council and BBC webpage has a varied set of activities for speaking. Once you type it, go to try and then to activity and finally to speaking.
http://www.esldiscussions.com This webpage provides several speaking activities for your students to discuss. Topics such as abortion, AIDS, immigration among others are available. You type the webpage and the discussion topics are alphabetically ordered.
http://www.spokenskills.com This webpage provides English teachers with a variety of speaking activities for oral communication such as English for specific purposes, everyday English, consonant sounds, vowel sounds, business English, dialogues, arts, sports, entertainment, current events among other areas.
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