Teaching Listening and Speaking

We've created this page to provide resources, lessons, and ideas on teaching listening and speaking. There are printable materials for classroom use, lessons, resources, and ideas. We also have a discussion forum and links to other web sites about teaching.

Ideas for Using Matching Exercises

Matching exercises are standard textbook fare. Check out these suggestions for making them a bit more interactive.

Lessons

  • Find Your Partner: Telephone Skills - A fun activity for pairing students, includes directions. (You could use this activity to pair students for the role-plays below.)
  • Role-plays: Telephone Skills - A set of role-play cards with directions.
  • Randall's CyberListening Lab - An Internet worksheet for high-beginner through advanced level students. Print, review tasks and vocabulary with your class, then go to the computer lab for some CyberListening practice. After the class completes the lesson, bring students together again for some synthesis. Remember to encourage your students to return to this web site on their own for extra practice.

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations are a great way for students to practice their English skills. The extra pressure of knowing they're going to be in front of the classroom provides students with some great extrinsic motivation for staying on task. I usually start by going through presentation basics with the group, then assigning an oral presentation every three weeks or so. (As a general rule, never allow students to write out their presentations. Rather, encourage them to use notecards to stay on track.)

  • Presentation Basics - This classroom handout discusses the basic structure of an oral presentation. (Ideally, you should prepare a presentation yourself to give as a model. Then elicit the structure of an oral presentation from the class before reviewing the handout.)
  • Oral Presentations: Do's & Don'ts - This classroom handout provides advice on giving presentations.
  • Oral Presentations: Peer Evaluation Form - This is a peer evaluation form for students to use while their classmates are presenting. To allow for greater objectivity, I don't have the students write their own names on the forms - just the name of the student they're evaluating. Before having students use this form, make sure you've gone through presentation basics with the group.
  • Oral Presentations: Teacher Evaluation - You can use this form as students give their presentations. Because the peer evaluation form has a lot of feedback on presentation skills, this one focuses on grammar. I usually write down direct quotes and underline the mistakes. Students must then take some time to self-correct their mistakes.

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