Mar Clavijo

Spanish Native Certified Tutor and Pronunciation Coach. TEFL Certified. 10 years Tutoring Adults Experience. Self-taught English, Japanese and Russian learner. Musician, Podcaster and Content Creator at InsightFools.

Creating a Speaking Assignment for the First Time

Sep 22, 2022 | 0 comments

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This post will help you to encourage students to speak, so they are interested and willing to take part in Speaking practice.

3 Useful Tips

1. Prepare a Friendly escenario

We first empathize with students. Get them feel comfortable so they feel motivated to speak aloud in the target language.

By doing so, you develop mutual trust between you and your students.

Eyes also communicate! Remember to establish good eye contact with your class – Ask them to look at you – Stand where they can all see you.

Be genuine. Mean it when you say: Good! or Well done! through eye contact.

Students will notice you’re carefully listening to them,

and that you’re coming out of authenticity.

 

2. Encourage Students to Speak

In most cases they tend to be shy to speak.

Have you noticed that accuracy is more important than fluency for them?

Let’s reassure students that it’s okay to make mistakes.

Speaking aloud in the target language is rather challenging,

so encourage and praise them for their efforts.

We can help them feel less anxious if they have a clear Speaking Assignment goal.

Make sure they have the language they need and give them a bit of time to prepare.

Feel free to check this post on creating Speaking Assignments with purpose.

 

3. Allow them to Express Themselves

… or maybe hand out things or move around the classroom,

so they feel heard and seen.

They’ll feel respected that way,

and more involved in the Speaking practice.

The more you involve your students, the more motivated they’ll get.

Ask them about their interests, likes or dislikes,

so you create a Speaking Assignment which relates to their lives or experience.

 

3 Mini Videos Series on How to Create Speaking Assignments…

From a list of words or phrases

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Step by step:

  • Click onbutton
  • Add a tittle
  • Add a description
  • Add an image and / or Youtube or Vimeo link
  • Click on 
  • Paste a list of words or phrases
  • Make sure you choose the separation that applies (comas or tabs)
  • Check the Flashcards distribution in the preview
  • Click on 
  • Click on 

 

From Quizlet Import

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Step by step

On Quizlet

  • Click on the three dots located at the bottom right
  • Click on Export
  • Click on Copy text

On Speakable

  • Click on  button
  • Paste
  • Add a tittle
  • Make sure you choose the separation that applies (comas or tabs)
  • Check the Flashcards distribution in the preview
  • Click on 
  • Add a description
  • Add an image and / or Youtube or Vimeo link
  • Click on 

How will my students practice?

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3 Free ready-to-use-in-class Speaking Assignments!

Target Language
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