Productive and Receptive Skills in the ESL Classroom - Speaking Skills - Activate Phase


The final stage of the lesson will be the activate and the activate phase is going to form the main speaking activity within the lesson. So, it's very very important that here, we do a good demonstration of what it is that we're expecting them to do, that we elicit the type of target language we're expecting them to produce from the activity. So, one way we could go around it is to, firstly, form pairs. Each pair is going to be given a card and onto that card they're going to write the country and a month. What the teacher can then do, just to add a little bit of spice to it, is to collect all of the cards and shuffle them around and then redistribute them to the pairs so that they get a card that doesn't have their country or their month on it. What they're then going to do is to be asked to create a weather forecast for that country in that particular month. Now obviously, this will be written down and once all of the students have completed their forecast, what we can then do is the main speaking activity, where they would actually read out this particular information. So, obviously, we would need to feedback on that afterwards. If there are any common mistakes between all of these feedback sessions, then we can cover those after the session has finished.

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The layout of the proposed lesson plan was easy to understand and seemingly very helpful. It detailed quite a bit more than I would have expected to be necessary, but it certainly was thorough. The number of students, for one thing, was an integral part of the planning process. To write out a lesson plan in this fashion, in tandem with the ESA concept would allow teachers to have a relatively structured, reliable teaching format. It's also flexible enough so as to allow for adapting one's lessons according to the needs of the students.