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Saturday, January 12, 2013


It´s important that teachers help students to develop speaking and oral interaction skill. The goal is students can communicate in simple and routines tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities. They must be able to maintain a simple conversation.
To facilitate the development of these skills teachers should pre-syntactic conversation structure rather than grammar sentence structure; a conversational mode both provides interactive examples and exchange models of FL. Moreover, teachers can provide visual (and general non verbal) support (pictures, gestures, facial expressions, etc.); they are crucial to help comprehension of the new language and possibilities to interact.

How to organise a speaking/oral interaction activity
1.      Contextualise the activity and engage the learners
2.      Revise (/Teach) the language the learners will need to produce in the activity
-          By modelling the language
-          By drilling the language (words, phrases, sentences)

3.      Give instructions for the activity
4.      Distribute hand-outs
5.      Organise groups/pairs
6.      Let the activity start
7.      Monitor the activity
8.      Provide feedback
9.      Get learners to reflect on the activity

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