Using Dice for Practicing Extended Speaking

Using Dice for Practicing Extended Speaking

One of the most challenging skills for students to develop is the ability to speak at length coherently. While the Ask-Answer-Add method is fantastic for teaching and practicing conversation patterns, high-stakes exams, such as TOEFL iBT, Pearson Test of English, and IELTS, essentially require students to deliver monologues.

Therefore, the question becomes how do we have students practice delivering extended speech in an engaging manner?

Enter “Speaking Dice”

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What school doesn’t have a set, or six, of these?

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Teaching Speaking for the TOEFL iBT with Technology

How do you prepare people to speak to a computer? Sure, our students are used to talking through a machine

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Seriously, do any of your students not have a cell phone?

but how many of them are used to talking to a machine?

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Hello? Is anyone listening?

Well, needless to say, the only way to get students used to speaking to a machine is to have them speak to a machine. But how? Continue reading “Teaching Speaking for the TOEFL iBT with Technology”

"Red Light! Green Light!" Teaching Students How to Give Peer-Feedback During Speaking Activities

Teaching speaking sounds easy until you actually try it. Some of the myriad issues that inevitably pop up are:

Dialects

Which dialect should the instructor teach? Most people will instinctively say “their own” but what if an American teacher is teaching a room full of students preparing to study in the UK? Should the American instructor really teach “sidewalk” instead of “footpath?” How about “crosswalk” instead of “zebra crossing?”

Authenticity

Of course you want your students to use “real English,” but how do you teach slang? Similar to dialect, whose slang do you teach? What about cursing?

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Should I send myself to the principal’s office?