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Improve Speaking Skills

Improve Speaking Skills



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Improve Speaking Skills
Tips and Techniques for Speaking and PresentationSkills
Improving speaking skills begins with fostering student motivation and effective teachingWhat do you do when students don’t want to put that extra mile to do a speaking presentation, so they get cold feet and read from their notes just to get by. Improvingspeaking skills takes a lot of classroom practice,motivation to speak, and skill. Sometimes it is necessary to think beyond the box, adding creative elements wherever  possible depending of course, on the skills of your students and how open they are tocreative thinking.Improving the speaking skills of your students may be difficult, but the added benefit is building confidence in students for speaking skills and strategies. Even though the professional years are still way in the future, help your students by starting small. Teach both speaking and listening activities, sometimes even in one lesson, while preparingthem for that future presentation. That way, students don’t feel the pressure and burdenwhen it comes their turn to present a presentation due to remembering the fear of thoseearlier years during those speaking activities.
Teaching Activity Using Speaking Activities
Use picture prompts. Depending on the variety of visual resources and class level andability, a teacher can brainstorm with the class a variety of sentences, (key) words, and phrases around a particular category or situational context that is the building block for a presentation.Follow-up with a memory game or exercise. Students then work in pairs writing down or translating the words they remember.
Effective Teaching Continues
Another teaching activity involves asking questions or presenting statements that are nottrue about themselves, and then asking their friends to decide whether they are true or false. Students have a lot of fun with this one.
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Play Adjectives All Around! Students have one minute to present all the adjectivesthey can in a sentence.This person is _______________________________________________.The other student then tries and guess who the person is. Make sure they include aminimum of five adjectives and no more than seven or eight. A teacher can use thisactivity to draw the students’ attention to the different categories that make up anadjective.
Additional Tips for Improving Speaking Skills
Allot a time limit for each and every speaking activity. Take into considerationthose activities that involve either group or pair work.
Keep the activityfunand simple. Make sure the instructions are also crystal clear.
Don’t overdo speaking activities in one lesson.
Make sure you aim for a balance between speaking and listening.
Have a back-up plan for the entire class and for individual students who arewithdrawn.
Alwaysreflect on what can you do as a teacher to help students improve their  speaking skills.The more diverse and creative your speaking activities become, the easier it will be for you to train your students to improve their speaking skills and speaking exercises will become much more automatic.Read more at Suite101:Improve Speaking Skills: Tips and Techniques for Speaking andPresentation Skills http://newteachersupport.suite101.com/article.cfm/improve_speaking_skills#ixzz0hnxHna0B
Teaching Speaking: Activities to PromoteSpeaking in a Second Language
Hayriye Kayihttp://unr.edu/homepage/hayriyek kayih[at]unr.nevada.eduUniversity of Nevada (Nevada,USA)
Speaking is "the process of building and sharing meaning through the use of verbal andnon-verbal symbols, in a variety of contexts" (Chaney, 1998, p. 13). Speaking is a crucial part of second language learning and teaching. Despite its importance, for many years,teaching speaking has been undervalued and English language teachers have continued toteach speaking just as a repetition of drills or memorization of dialogues. However,today's world requires that the goal of teaching speaking should improve students'communicative skills, because, only in that way, students can express themselves andlearn how to follow the social and cultural rules appropriate in each communicativecircumstance. In order to teach second language learners how to speak in the best way possible, some speaking activities are provided below, that can be applied to ESL andEFL classroom settings, together with suggestions for teachers who teach oral language.
What Is "Teaching Speaking"?
What is meant by "teaching speaking" is to teach ESL learners to:
Produce the English speech sounds and sound patterns
Use word and sentence stress, intonation patterns and the rhythm of the secondlanguage.
Select appropriate words and sentences according to the proper social setting,audience, situation and subject matter.
Organize their thoughts in a meaningful and logical sequence.
Use language as a means of expressing values and judgments.
Use the language quickly and confidently with few unnatural pauses, which iscalled as fluency. (Nunan, 2003)
How To Teach Speaking
 Now many linguistics and ESL teachers agree on that students learn to speak in thesecond language by "interacting". Communicative language teaching and collaborativelearning serve best for this aim. Communicative language teaching is based on real-lifesituations that require communication. By using this method in ESL classes, students will

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