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My students say the absolute minimum

My students say the absolute minimum | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Zarina Subhan, an experienced teacher and teacher trainer, tackles the second of our Solutions Speaking Challenges: “My students say the absolute minimum”.
I find myself in the classroom in an unfamiliar position.
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Monkey Madness Speaking Activity

Monkey Madness Speaking Activity | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Level: Pre-intermediate Location: Connected Classroom Skills Focus: Speaking Language focus: In-game vocabulary Game: Monkey Go Happy In my experience I’ve found that young language learners can assimilate and produce language above their level if...
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Better use of Dialogues

The following was originally printed in KOTESOL's "The English Connection" in 2010 and was part of the "Training Notes" column that I co-wrote with Manpal Sahota.  Michael: Hello Manpal. How are yo...
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Vocab Swap

Vocab Swap | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
This is a short activity you can use to practise or revise vocabulary.  All the students are involved in speaking and actively listening and it can be used as a warmer, a game or a filler.
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Minimal resources: Speaking activities

Scott Thornbury gives us some great tips and ideas for building dialogue in speaking activities.
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Ideas for dialogue builds. Let us know if you have any more!

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Teaching ‘Small Talk’

Teaching ‘Small Talk’ | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Dr. Jack C Richards is an applied linguist, writer, and teacher trainer. He is the co-author of Speak Now, a four-level speaking course that helps students to communicate with confidence.
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FCE Speaking Exam Infographic

FCE Speaking Exam Infographic | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
After the class a week ago where my students got to grips with the speaking exam and what it entails, I asked them to write down on post-it notes the advice they would give themselves the next time they try a part of the exam.
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Warming Up the Gears: 7 Fun, Field-Tested Vocal Exercises

Warming Up the Gears: 7 Fun, Field-Tested Vocal Exercises | English Teacher's Digest | Scoop.it
Getting students speaking is one of the toughest challenges a language teacher can face.
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