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Dissecting a lesson: speaking

This is a short extract from my new book Becoming an Outstanding Languages Teacher. The book, primarily aimed at new or newish language teachers, features a number of examples of detailed descriptions of interactions between the teacher and students. These are effectively blow-by-blow accounts of how you might run specific lessons - what the teacher might say, what the pupils might say. Each of these descriptions is accompanied by a running commentary of tips.

This particular example is from the chapter on developing speaking lessons. It is aimed at intermediate students and uses a text about Cinderella as the stimulus.

First, here is the text (you would translate it into your chosen language):


Review: Key Issues in Language Teaching

Key Issues in Language Teaching is an impressive 800 page volume by veteran ELT writer Jack C. Richards and published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. Although Richards is from the ELT field, this book would be of great interest to modern language teachers.

The book is divided into four major sections:

1. English language teaching today
2. Facilitating student learning
3. Language and the four skills
4. The teacher's environment

The 21 chapter titles include:

Second language learning
Approaches and methods
The language lesson
Age-appropriate methodology
Grammar
Vocabulary
Listening
Reading
Speaking Textbooks
Technology
Testing and assessment

Chapters usually include an overview of the main theory and research in the area, practical ways of applying theory in the classroom, teacher testimonies, lesson plans and other resources.

For example, his chapter on listening discusses approaches to teaching listening, one-way and two-way listening, features of listening which cause di…