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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips and Tricks. Keep up the learning and engagement with these helpful classroom teaching tips

Speaking your mind?

  “I don’t mind talking to you or my classmates in English; in fact, I quite enjoy it. But it’s different when I have to have a conversation with a stranger whose job is to look for mistakes in what I say and how I say it – the examiner is not there to support me, but to judge me. And they’re not interested in talking to me, they just want to do their...

Teaching Speaking at B2 Level

Teaching SpeakingIt has been argued – with good reason one might add – that of all four skills involved in foreign language learning, the hardest to achieve yet the most rewarding is speaking the language in question. Being an FL student myself this year, taking my B2 exams in Spanish shortly, I’ve put my self in my students’ shoes and gained some empathy as to why the...

The effect of speaking topics on candidate performance

One of the claims of language tests administered in Greece is that topical knowledge is not tested so that all candidates may stand the same chance of performing well. However, topical knowledge, especially in the form of intercultural knowledge, is one of the constructs that should be tested according to the CEFR by which all language tests are supposed...

Teaching Speaking: Strategies for Developing Speaking Skills

Students often think that the ability to speak a language is the product of language learning, but speaking is also a crucial part of the language learning process. Effective instructors teach students speaking strategies -- using minimal responses, recognizing scripts, and using language to talk about language -- that they can use to help themselves...

Speaking Skills: How to motivate adult learners at B2+ level

“A good teacher is hard to find,                           difficult to leave            and impossible to forget”.   If you keep that in mind you will be a successful teacher when facing an adult audience willing to better their speaking skills for their career. Always remember that you should have to:   Make them feel at home and make...

Speaking: The Achilles Heel of Language Learning

Back in November we contacted a number of teachers, teacher trainers, oral examiners etc. and asked them to write about this thorny issue. When we received the articles we found out that most of them dealt with the Speaking Part of Tests. “I can understand my teacher’s English, but when I speak to ‘real people’ I can’t understand them”. Have you heard this...

Why do we neglect speaking?

Language is a tool for communication. We communicate with others, to express our ideas, and to know others’ ideas as well. Communication takes place mostly where there is speech.   The importance of speaking skills is enormous for the learners of any language. Without speech, a language is reduced to a mere script. Any gap in communication results in...

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