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Speaking skills: Speaking matters

A series of articles by Adrian Tennant, giving useful tips and suggestions on how to teach speaking.

When we refer to ‘speaking’, what exactly do we mean by it? Can we ‘teach’ speaking? What different types of speaking activities are there for the classroom and what are the reasons for using each of them?

In this new section we will take a look at a number of key areas and aspects of speaking. The overall aim is to give you, the teacher, a wider range of techniques and activities to help develop your teaching of speaking.

In each article we will take a closer look at a particular aspect of speaking and provide one or two activities that use, and develop, the focus of the article.

Inside Speaking matters

  • Speaking matters: Pairwork

    Author: Adrian Tennant Type: Article

    Adrian Tennant gives an introduction to using pairwork for teaching speaking skills.

  • Speaking matters: Roleplay

    Author: Adrian Tennant Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Article Staff Room

    In this article we look at roleplay. The article discusses why, when and how to use roleplay in your classes. The article rounds off with examples of roleplays as well as a link to another article.

  • Speaking matters: Problem-solving

    Author: Adrian Tennant Type: Article Staff Room

    This article looks at problem-solving activities and what they are like. It covers how to set them up, why it's good to use them, the disadvantages and what you should do after the activity.

  • Speaking matters: Personalization

    Author: Adrian Tennant Staff Room

    This article looks at personalization of speaking activities and how by getting students to personalize things it helps them learn more effectively.

  • Speaking matters: Assessing speaking

    Author: Adrian Tennant Type: Article, Reference material Staff Room

    Adrian Tennant talks about how and when to assess speaking in the classroom, and provides some practical ideas for setting up assessment activities.

  • Speaking matters: Developing and dealing with accuracy

    Author: Adrian Tennant Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate Type: Article Staff Room

    Adrian Tennant presents an article covering what we mean by accuracy and how it can be developed effectively. The article rounds off with some practical ideas for the classroom.

  • Speaking matters: Developing fluency

    Author: Adrian Tennant Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Article Staff Room

    Adrian Tennant presents an article covering various aspects of teaching fluency in speaking, including sections on what is meant by fluency, why students find fluency difficult and the role of the teacher in fluency activities.

  • Can intonation be taught?

    Author: Gerald Kelly Type: Article Staff Room

    In this article from the archives of English Teaching professional magazine, Gerald Kelly discusses the issue of teaching intonation.

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