Productive and Receptive Skills in the ESL Classroom - Speaking Skills - Activate Phase

 

The final stage of the lesson will be the activate and the activate phase is going to form the main speaking activity within the lesson. So, it's very very important that here, we do a good demonstration of what it is that we're expecting them to do, that we elicit the type of target language we're expecting them to produce from the activity. So, one way we could go around it is to, firstly, form pairs. Each pair is going to be given a card and onto that card they're going to write the country and a month. What the teacher can then do, just to add a little bit of spice to it, is to collect all of the cards and shuffle them around and then redistribute them to the pairs so that they get a card that doesn't have their country or their month on it. What they're then going to do is to be asked to create a weather forecast for that country in that particular month. Now obviously, this will be written down and once all of the students have completed their forecast, what we can then do is the main speaking activity, where they would actually read out this particular information. So, obviously, we would need to feedback on that afterwards. If there are any common mistakes between all of these feedback sessions, then we can cover those after the session has finished.


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I learnt how each pattern of intonation means in communication. Also, I learnt how stress placed on different words emphasizes what the speaker is implying or trying to say. I also learnt how each group of sounds are produced in different manner and place of articulation. I learnt different techniques that can be used in teaching pronunciation.This unit was about materials. How to pick and use. To also look whether it comes with additional material like Cd's, workbooks... What to look out for. That is's very important not to get too stuck on the course book alone and supplement. The differences between authentic created. There were a lot of useful sheets to be used in the classroom.