Category Archive: Teaching Speaking

Posts on teaching speaking skills.

Bridges and Critical Thinking

In India, employers, CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education), NCF (National Curriculum Framework), many tertiary institutions and schools, and the … Read on

Coulda Woulda Shoulda – Teaching Modals II

This is a revised and shortened version of an earlier post. I recently wrote a textbook for the state of … Read on

Lesson Planning For Pre-Service Teachers

Pre-service teachers hear a lot of terms for describing lesson planning. They might be told to divide lesson plans by … Read on

Gujarati Script – Mastering the Curlicues

As I said in the last post on learning Gujarati, I’ve been trying to learn the script because I need … Read on

Gujarati – Working with a True Beginner

It’s Gujarat Day and I had a chance to spend some time learning the language. I can’t say I’ve made … Read on

Am I Confusing or Confused?

English language learners are often confused about whether to use the present or the past participle. Here are some ways … Read on

Adding Third Person When There Isn’t a Third Person

One of the best students I ever had was Rosie… not her real name… because she’s not a real person… … Read on

Using Readers Theater for Pronunciation

In 2008, I taught low level speaking and pronunciation classes to a wonderful group of Korean military men. They were … Read on

Using Kazoos to Teach Suprasegmentals

Although I’m a huge proponent of Jenkin’s Lingua Franca Core ideas and a view of English as a World English … Read on

Using the IPA with True Beginners

Teachers sometimes wonder if students can benefit from using the IPA when learning a new language. Some think it’s too … Read on

Pronunciation & Lingua Franca Core

When I teach conversation, speaking, or pronunciation, I’m guided by the standard of “comfortable intelligibility.” So much teaching in the … Read on