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Common ESL classroom issue 5: the lack of speaking activities

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So many students want to learn English so that they can speak English. That’s great, but actually you also need to learn many other aspects of English so that you can confidently stand there and speak. That’s one part of the issue. The second part of this issue is that in fact many teachers do include lots of speaking activities in their classes but students often don’t recognize them. They seem to think because it was practicing a conversation in the book that uses the past simple etc, that they really aren’t speaking. To them speaking is all about speaking freely and confidently.   And so the cycle continues.

However, there is another few points worth noting too:

  1. Some teachers don’t like their students to speak.

This is a common phenomenon in Asian countries and with non native teachers. The reason for this is often culturally students…

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