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Good communication is the key to any individual’s success. It doesn’t matter if a student is speaking in front of a teacher, parents, friends or any other outsider. If a student wants to know how to speak well and confidently, the first thing they need to do is be confident and believe in themselves. It is also a goal of the teaching professional to ensure that the students are also speaking in the best way possible, besides having a good education.
Speaking Well Can Be Taught
Students can learn speaking well by interacting more. Communicative teaching and collaborative learning serve this purpose the best. In this procedure, real-life based exercises play a crucial role. In this way, students have the opportunity to speak in the supposed way without making any rookie mistakes.
Activities to promote speaking
If a teacher finds out that their students are efficient in reading and writing but they have problems when they need to speak, the teachers can opt for the following activities to improvise the students’ speaking skills.
In any content-based lesson, students may take part in discussions resulting in expressing their own ideas. Group works and discussions are also helpful for students in growing more bonds with peers and sensing the right tone and pace of speaking.
If you want to make your students speak, make sure that they are not acting as students but as some other roles. The students will feel free and may be speaking in a proper way if they participate in this activity.
In some cases, simulations may be confused with role plays. Simulations are more illustrated forms of role plays. Here, a student can bring items and create a realistic environment to act as the role player. Their speaking ability improvises with their confidence while participating in such activities.
Students work in pair to perform these activities. One has to have the information and the another one has to collect the information by guessing what the first student has. Each of the two partners plays an important role in completing this activity as the one who has the information has to give clues and the second one has to be expressive enough to make the right guess.
Students can speak or give ideas on a given topic within the limited time. This action helps them to think and speak about any topic within a limited time. This activity can be held individually or in small groups where they can generate ideas in a quick yet frank way.
Students can briefly summarize a story they have heard from somebody beforehand, or they may create their own stories to tell the class. It helps the students to express ideas. Students also can tell riddles or jokes instead of stories. This activity will foster the student’s imagination and spoken capability.
Students can make use of pictures in a speaking activity is by describing what it is in the picture. For this activity, students can form groups and discuss the picture with their groups, and then a candidate from each group may describe the picture to the whole class.
Teaching a student to speak well is an important part of the whole educational system. The ability to communicate clearly and loudly is not the only qualities that a student should acquire. The way of conversing or putting a sentence is also very important. A student can simply make an unintentional mistake and the other would think that the student is rude or ill-spoken. Therefore, it is quite an essential part of the teacher’s responsibility to take care of the students’ spoken skill and assure that they are not lacking in speaking quality.
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