Productive and Receptive Skills in the ESL Classroom - Why do we speak?


So, we'll focus first of all on a speaking skills lesson and perhaps a starting point for this would be to ask a question which is: Why do we speak to each other? The reason that it's important to ask ourselves this question is that whatever answers there are to this should be present in our lessons. So, why do we speak to each other? Well, there are a multitude of answers to that but when you boil them all down to their essence, they probably actually come down to one or two things. We communicate to each other by speaking because of either a need. We need something. We want something or a desire to achieve something.

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.

Unit 1 highlights one of the most important aspect in any successful learning environment which is "people", specifically the teacher and learners. Through this unit, one gains insight into what makes an effective teacher or learner and some background information of the education system (e.g. language levels and Common European Framework). My personal take of this unit is that it offers a good introduction and head start for individuals like me whom have no teaching experience and could potentially be a good lead in to the next topic.