Developing Speaking Skills: A one-day course for MFL teachers | Lighthouse Professional Development

Developing Speaking Skills: A one-day course for MFL teachers

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Speaking in a second language is something which many learners find challenging.
It’s the most complex skill for teachers and exam boards to assess, and arguably the
hardest to teach. And yet for most learners and teachers the ability to communicate
through speaking is the number one priority. We tend to say ‘Which languages do you
speak?’ as opposed to read, write or understand because speaking shows a level of
language ownership which is not present in other skills. But speaking is not only a way
of activating and demonstrating what has been learnt; it is also the medium by which
learning can happen.
This course will explore these issues, along the way experimenting with a wide range of
practical and motivating speaking activities for MFL Classrooms. Through the activities
we’ll also pinpoint some strategies to counteract problems such as shyness, fear of
making mistakes and lack of motivation. The issue of how and when to introduce a
specific focus on language in speaking activities will also be discussed.

Aims of the course are to:
• Raise awareness about the importance of speaking
   skills in second language development
• Identify what can help learners to speak more
  comfortably in the language they are learning
• Examine the processes involved in developing
   speaking skills
• Explore a wide range of motivating speaking activities
   for the MFL classroom

Who should attend?

Teachers of MFL in secondary schools


9:30 Arrival, registration and coffee 13:00 Restaurant Lunch
Spontaneous Speech
• The importance of spontaneity even at lower levels
• The problem of over-correction
• Simple drama and roleplay
Conversation driven learning
• Putting conversation at the heart of learning
• Talk and Chalk
Task repetition
• Motivating task repetition activities as
   preparation for MFL exams
• Web tools for speaking activities
• Speaking homework
11:15 Coffee 15:45 Evaluation and close of course
Creating Dialogue
Dialogue as Learning
• The pros and cons of thinking and planning
Dialogue games
• From scripting to performing

Nick B

Nick is a freelance teacher, teacher trainer, language consultant and author, and has been involved in language teaching for over 20 years in a wide range of diverse and challenging contexts.

He is the author of two recent books: Dialogue Activities and Memory Activities for Language Learning. Nick is a regular presenter at the Language Show and other conferences worldwide, and is well known for his workshops exploring engaging and learning-rich activities.

Suitable for: 
Senior/Secondary, Special Schools, Post 16/FE Colleges
Scheduled Events, In-school Training

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