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


Once we're satisfied that all the students have been engaged and that they've been given the opportunity to say something, we can move on to our study phase. Here, it may be necessary or useful to actually pre-teach some gaps in knowledge that have been shown from the engage phase and those gaps in knowledge may include actual grammar structures or indeed useful vocabulary and it's very important that, before we move on to doing any forms of activity, we check their understanding of this material. So, we need to do some study exercises. It's also very useful if you leave this information up on the board through all that study period. Those study activities can just be the normal types of gap fills or matching activities and, as always, we need to demonstrate those activities, elicit correct answers before we actually give out the material and, once they are doing the activity monitor. When it's complete, we can then feedback and correct as necessary.

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.

The particular unit was extremely useful with concrete examples so to understand in-depth grammatical phenomena such as past tenses. The analysis of each past tense, as well as the examples used, were helpful and comprehensible. Hoping that the same structure will be used for the next chapter units in this session. Innovative ideas and simple examples were extensively used.Although the equipment recommended in this unit is very straight forward, the teaching aids are essential. To design an effective lesson plan that captures the attention of all the students throughout and assists in the learning process can heavily depend on the aids used. This unit was a very helpful prompt. Although, for question #11, all of the options seemed to be viable!