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Teaching Spoken English
teaching_spoken_englishMake Students Feel Relaxed
It is significant for students to feel relaxed while teaching spoken English. A lot of them will feel uncomfortable at first and worry about making mistakes, so take a confidence building approach, giving the students lots of support.

At first, the teacher should introduce new language and strengthen with some guided practice. Then the students need to use the language by themselves. Getting them to work in pairs or small groups is fundamental because every student will have more time to practice. The teacher may give them a picture of people interacting in different situations and get them to create a short conversation together, incorporating the key words or structures that have already been introduced and practiced with them. Then you may wander around the classroom listening but not interfering too much. When you hear a frequent mistake you should stop the class for a short time to center all the students on that mistake without singling out none student. Then students continue. This avoids embarrassment for the student who made the mistake, so they go on to enthusiastically participate in the class. Then they perform their dialogue to the rest of the class.

To sum up, it is most significant to give the students as much chance to use the language in as real a situation as probable. Communication is very important, and accurateness will come later. The teacher should encourage students to be original and have fun with them. It is great to see them grow in self-confidence.

Use Classroom Pair work
Classroom pair work and group work is possibly the best way to target the more informal and impulsive aspects of speaking skills. This way, students also get to work on non-verbal communication too that is a fundamental part of face-to-face communication.

For more sophisticated students, the listening to interviews and discussing response language and linking language is also helpful. The teacher should get students to listen out for these phrases and repeat them. The teacher may also ask them to imitate the person's intonation pattern if probable. In every class there will be a student with a talent for doing impressions.

Choose the Interesting Topic to Talk About
  One more good way to have students talk is by giving them interesting topics to talk about. To do this the teacher has to think first about what is interesting for students rather than for the teacher, then he or she will have to ask them a list of topics. After that the teacher will have to look for information about those topics as he or she must know something about the topic which he or she wants students to talk. It will be useful to give students an input as a suitable input gives a formidable output. For this the teacher can make use of a video, or an article taken from a magazine or a newspaper. Next the teacher should make  a series of tasks to expand the topic and lastly ask students to talk about that or a related theme. A very good way of having students talk is by using project work The point in this is to give students interesting topics to research and finally to talk about.

Use Radio and TV-shows
Radio and TV-shows could actually help you to teach spoken English to the students. It will be more fascinating than a teacher who talks in front of them. But the teacher should remember that he or she has to sort out the type of video or cassette that will be used. After watching or hearing the videos or cassette, the teacher should make sure to talk about it together with the students. There are many good English videos available to find the most appropriate.