Productive and Receptive Skills in the ESL Classroom - Productive Skills Overview

 

This presentation is going to cover the teaching of productive skills. To start with, if we think about the way in which you learnt your first language, most of us go through a particular process. Firstly, we listen to those around us, after that first silent period of listening to other people, then we start to make utterances. Having learned to speak to a certain extent at least, we then go on to learn how to read and to write and this process that we go through is actually covering the four skills that we're trying to teach our English students. So, we have listening, speaking, reading, and writing. If we group those skills into their different types, then the two skills of reading and listening are known as receptive skills, whereas the skills of speaking and writing are known as productive skills. In this session, we're going to focus on the production skills and have a look at how to create a lesson for that.


Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

This unit went over the different types of tests that are used to assess a student's language level prior to and throughout the course. These tests include placement tests, diagnostic tests, progress tests, practice tests, which are all used to prepare for external exams such as TOEFL or IELTS. From this lesson, I feel like I was able to gain a deeper understanding in regards to the process of evaluating students and the various methods I should use to better understand students' language abilities, and then act and teach accordingly.