Teaching speaking skills is not easy with lower levels. Unless you are working with a highly motivated group of students, it can be challenging to get good discussions going. With planning and clearly defined roles, discussions can be very successful for a speaking skills lesson with lower levels.
What makes pronunciation different from other skill areas?
Learning pronunciation in a new language is different from learning grammar or vocabulary. Each area has its particular challenges, but there is something important to consider about teaching English pronunciation. As children, we learn to distinguish between the sounds that are important in the languages we hear around us, and we spend considerable time learning to make our articulatory muscles create the sounds needed for communicating in those languages.
If you are teaching writing, especially for learners with academic goals, it can be very helpful to explore some of the differences between spoken and written language with your class. Although misunderstandings in spoken communication can be negotiated and overcome, even small inaccuracies in written language can present barriers to effective communication. This need for grammatical and lexical accuracy is one reason why most L2 learners find academic writing to be the most difficult skill to learn.