From this unit I know that the meaningful speaking activities can help children develop not only speaking kill, but also listening,reading skill and pronunciation, these activities are very interesting to them, because they can comfortable tell in the different ways. The role of the teacher is very important in a speaking activity, they must have a good idea and carefully prepare before they implement it.
I think to motivate children through meaningful speaking activities, I must have the good teaching. So I will learn more to have a meaningful speaking activity. There are many activities to promote speaking, for example discussions, role play, simulations, information gap, storytelling, interviews, story completion, reporting, playing cards, picture describing and so on, the teachers must chose to be suitable with their children.
Here are some suggestions for English language teachers while teaching through speaking activities:
- Provide maximum opportunity to students to speak the target language by providing a rich environment that contains collaborative work, authentic materials and tasks, and shared knowledge.
- Try to involve each student in every speaking activity; for this aim, practice different ways of student participation.
- Reduce teacher speaking time in class while increasing student speaking time. Step back and observe students.
- Indicate positive signs when commenting on a student’s response.
- Ask eliciting questions such as “What do you mean? How did you reach that conclusion?” in order to prompt students to speak more.
- Provide written feedback like “Your presentation was really great. It was a good job. I really appreciated your efforts in preparing the materials and efficient use of your voice…”
- Do not correct students’ pronunciation mistakes very often while they are speaking. Correction should not distract student from his or her speech.
- Involve speaking activities not only in class but also out of class; contact parents and other people who can help.
- Circulate around classroom to ensure that students are on the right track and see whether they need your help while they work in groups or pairs.
- Provide the vocabulary beforehand that students need in speaking activities.
- Diagnose problems faced by students who have difficulty in expressing themselves in the target language and provide more opportunities to practice the spoken language.