speaking

Delta Assignment 1 – Developing Storytelling Skills

I started my Delta in early 2012 and did a face-to-face intensive Module 2 over eight weeks. There are four assignments, or LSAs, one needs to pass in order to pass Module 2, two of which need to be skills-based and two systems-based.

I thought I’ll start easy and chose to focus on skills for my first LSA. I thought I could teach speaking but I was quite surprised that I was expected to plan a whole 60-minute lesson focusing on speaking skills.

Until this point, I had only taught speaking as an incidental part of teaching reading, listening, writing, grammar, or vocabulary lessons. But speaking to our amazing Delta tutor, Beth Grant (if you get a chance to work with her, jump at it), I thought I could take this on as a challenge and learn to teach speaking not just in the brainstormingactivating schemata, or post-reading/listening discussions, but as a rightful skill in itself that deserved focused teaching of its various nuances. Come to think of it, this is why most students go to language centers or freelance teachers – to learn how to speak – and yet, most ESL teachers do not know or realize the value of teaching speaking as a skill in itself.  (more…)

Make shy students speak

Got shy students – use Morfo to make them speak. This app will come in handy if you and your students have Apple devices at school or personal machines. It’s also available on Windows phones but how many of those are there in this world!

Too bad they haven’t released an Android app. I’d love to play with this, especially because I work with Saudi female students. Saudi women usually don’t like having their photos or videos taken by anyone. While selfies are popular, most women don’t share their photos via the internet for fear of private data getting leaked over the internet.

So, in my case, all of my students would be categorized as camera-shy. (more…)

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.4 Model answer

Here’s the model answer to last week’s IELTS Speaking Part 2 question.

I’m going to talk about a small GI Joe toy soldier when I was little.

I can’t remember exactly when I got it. It must have been sometime before my seventh birthday because I was remember playing with it at my birthday party. (more…)

IELTS Speaking Part 3 – Q.6

Here’s a sample IELTS Speaking Part 3 question.

 

Has technology made our lives easier or more difficult?

 

Read how to answer IELTS Speaking Part 3 questions. Write your answers in the comments below. I’ll give you a sample answer next week.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 – Q.3

Here’s a sample IELTS Speaking Part 3 question.

 

In your country, what possessions show a higher status or position in society?

 

Read how to answer IELTS Speaking Part 3 questions. Write your answers in the comments below. I’ll give you a sample answer next week.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 – Q.1

Here’s a sample IELTS Speaking Part 3 question.

 

Do you think it’s important for boys to play with ‘boys’ toys’ and for girls to only play with ‘girls’ toys’?

 

Read how to answer IELTS Speaking Part 3 questions.

Write your answers in the comments below. I’ll give you a sample answer next week.