Getting ESL learners involved in class helps facilitate language learning. And sometimes people just need something to talk about. So, if you’re looking for a way to get your class members talking, a speaking activity is what you need. Creative speaking activities can provide the right stimulus to engage your learners and facilitate acquisition. They also provide a means to assess language skills and identify weak areas. Not only that, they can help you teach targeted language goals.
The more learners speak, the more feedback you can give. The more feedback you can give, the more you can pinpoint specific areas for improvement. In other words, the more you know about their weaknesses as a class (and as individuals), the more targeted your lessons can be. And as a bonus, speaking activities can help them realize where they need improvement.
Sometimes, learners are under a false impression of their skills and focus where they don’t need it. For example, a learner may be under the impression he/she needs to focus on present and past tense. But after evaluating their skills you determine that he/she has no problem with them. You can use speaking activities to dispel falsely identified weaknesses and help them focus on areas where they really need help.
We’ve shared several speaking activities already, but there’s more. We call today’s speaking activity, “Which Place?” Read further to know how it works.