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TESOL Videos - Productive and Receptive Skills in the ESL Classroom - Why do we speak?
So, we'll focus first of all on a speaking skills lesson and perhaps a starting point for this would be to ask a question which is: Why do we speak to each other? The reason that it's important to ask ourselves this question is that whatever answers there are to this should be present in our lessons. So, why do we speak to each other? Well, there are a multitude of answers to that but when you boil them all down to their essence, they probably actually come down to one or two things. We communicate to each other by speaking because of either a need. We need something. We want something or a desire to achieve something.
Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.
Language teaching has a long history and because of this it was influenced by many changes that affected the students' needs and teachers' methods. The main idea during all these changes was to improve the effectiveness of language teaching and to incorporate the best of every teaching method and use it in the best possible way. Although, there are many methods that can be used to evoke students' interest, in my country Republic of Macedonia, I have noticed that the following methods are most often applied during the lesson. Grammar-translation method: The method itself suggests learning through finding the translated word or a phrase in L1. The grammar in Macedonian language is quite different of the one in L2 (English language) and most of the time the students have difficulties in following the correct sentence pattern , because they are trying to use the word order that our language has. For example: L2 (English language) There are seven members in my family. VS. L1 ( Macedonian language) ?? ????? ????????? ??? ????? ???????. The word order is completely different and students often make mistakes because they are trying to translate word by word so the sentence has a different meaning. In my opinion this method would be useful in teaching vocabulary, but not for oral communication. The second most common method would be Presentation, Practice and Production. In the beginnin