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


Once we're satisfied that all the students have been engaged and that they've been given the opportunity to say something, we can move on to our study phase. Here, it may be necessary or useful to actually pre-teach some gaps in knowledge that have been shown from the engage phase and those gaps in knowledge may include actual grammar structures or indeed useful vocabulary and it's very important that, before we move on to doing any forms of activity, we check their understanding of this material. So, we need to do some study exercises. It's also very useful if you leave this information up on the board through all that study period. Those study activities can just be the normal types of gap fills or matching activities and, as always, we need to demonstrate those activities, elicit correct answers before we actually give out the material and, once they are doing the activity monitor. When it's complete, we can then feedback and correct as necessary.

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

I was able to brush up on my grammar with the help of this unit. It was good to go over the rules that come so instinctively to me and other fluent English speakers. It was also nice that the unit specifically addressed aspects of English grammar that learners of the language find confusing such as possessive pronouns and possessive adjectives.I have learnt that reading and listening are very important skills and should be treated as such. From reading this unit, it has become even more clearer how important it is for the teacher to create a conducive environment for learning. I also understand that giving students reasonably challenging work is a good thing and should be encouraged.