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    • #4288
      Manuel Flores Lasarte
      Moderator
        @manuel

        Let’s get started by reflecting on two questions about speaking. Before you dive into the lesson content, take a moment to write your thoughts on the following questions on the forum:

        • Why do so many learners find it difficult to speak in class?
        • What can we do as teachers to help our learners feel more confident in their speaking ability?

        We will use your answers to develop your understanding of these two questions, so please keep coming back for follow-up questions and to react to your classmates’ comments.

      • #22017
        YI-HSUAN SHIH
        Participant
          @ellashih

          • Why do so many learners find it difficult to speak in class?

          I think it is because they most of the learner are not confident enough to speak in the language they are learning. They will worry if they make some mistakes or the pronunciation is not correct.

          • What can we do as teachers to help our learners feel more confident in their speaking ability?

          Encourage them, only let them speak the language during the class, give more opportunity to let them speak

        • #22080
          Manuel Flores Lasarte
          Moderator
            @manuel

            Thank you Yi-Hsuan Shih for your contribution. Let’s see what other course participants think about the topic.

          • #22082
            Anna Paoli
            Participant
              @anna

              Why do so many learners find it difficult to speak in class?

              Learners may be introvert and need time to build their confidence and may be also afraid of making mistakes fearing social judgment.

              • What can we do as teachers to help our learners feel more confident in their speaking ability?

              Learners should be engaged in meaningful speaking activities  where verbal exchange on the part of both speakers is needed for the task to be carried out successfully; with this view, controlled practice tasks may be seen as a useful first step to gradually develop learners’ speaking skills.

              In addition to it, the way we correct learner plays a great role in enhancing or hindering their learning.

               

            • #22084
              Manuel Flores Lasarte
              Moderator
                @manuel

                Thank you both. You both make a very good point about learner confidence and the fear of making mistakes. You also mention very good ideas to help learners feel more confident:

                – Be encouraging (here our tone of voice is going to be very important)

                – Give learners meaningful activities

                – Practise language in controlled practice tasks before doing more complex tasks.

                Some follow-up questions:

                – Any other difficulties learners have with speaking and any other ideas to help them overcome those problems?

                – What do we mean by ‘meaningful activities’?

                I look forward to reading your ideas! :)

              • #22091
                Angela Casado Castro
                Participant
                  @angela

                  • Why do so many learners find it difficult to speak in class?

                  I totally agree with Yi-Hsuan Shih and Anna. Definitely, some students are introvert or shy and the most of them can be worry about people´s judgment.

                  • What can we do as teachers to help our learners feel more confident in their speaking ability?

                  As a teacher, we have to encourage them helping them to feel more comfortable. I mean, giving them special attention when they are speaking and practising pronunciation in class. Leading them to correct the sounds and repeat them to make the sounds familiar. Then, we can go to next step.

                   

                  – Any other difficulties learners have with speaking and any other ideas to help them overcome those problems?

                  Sometimes the problem is they haven’t got enough vocabulary to say that they want and for this reason they get their mind in blank. To help them, we can practice specific vocabulary speaking tasks with them.

                  – What do we mean by ‘meaningful activities’?

                  I think ‘meaningful activities are practices that learners should do to improve their skills.

                • #22092
                  Anna Paoli
                  Participant
                    @anna

                    Meaningful refers to a real need for the learners to exchange information; in other words learners should be asking for things they really don’t know and which will be known through the interection with their partner.

                  • #22093
                    Emma Maerz
                    Participant
                      @emma

                      -Why do so many learners find it difficult to speak in class?

                      Learners may find it difficult to speak up in class when they don’t feel confident enough.  They may be overwhelmed by other more extrovert learners and only speak when asked directly.

                      -What can we do as teachers to help our learners feel more confident in their speaking ability?

                      Teachers can :

                      Practice turn-taking

                      Give the students a topic that they have something to say about.  Personalisation!

                      In feedback give examples of good language as well as language that needs correcting. Draw students attention to this and ask them to come up with the corrections.

                      Scaffold exercises and provide examples for a point of reference so that students have a clear idea of the language they need to produce

                       

                      -Any other difficulties learners have with speaking and any other ideas to help them overcome those problems?

                      If the learners seem reluctant to speak, use pairs instead of groups and swap partners at least once.

                      – What do we mean by ‘meaningful activities’?

                      Topics that the students can personalise, that they may already have knowledge or opinions about in addition to being able to see how useful the topic is to them in real life.

                       

                       

                    • #22158
                      Jennifer Seeley
                      Participant
                        @jennifer-seeley

                        • Why do so many learners find it difficult to speak in class?

                        Some research indicated that some people fear ‘public speaking’ more than ‘death’ – this could apply even in L1 and is likely to be multiplied by speaking in L2

                        • What can we do as teachers to help our learners feel more confident in their speaking ability?

                        I like the idea about meaningful activities – using scenarios that the students can see will be helpful for them

                      • #22196
                        Manuel Flores Lasarte
                        Moderator
                          @manuel

                          Many thanks for your answers.

                          You can find my comments on typical problems learners have with speaking in this video. And my comments about what we mean by ‘meaningful activities, here.

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