sábado, 1 de diciembre de 2012


 Sometimes teaching speaking is very controversial considering the “shame” point , even for us English students sometimes is complicated , so we need to be aware about the points that could interfere in this process , As every other skill we need to follow an structure to teach this one but unlike the other skills when we follow pre , while and post , this time we work with a pre communicative stage , a practice stage and a communicative interaction stage to develop the activities.

To improve this skill we can use , debates , discussions , interviews , radio programs etc. that as you can see are very attractive activities to develop in class , something that important, to break the shame point as I said before , because if we use these activities our students practice with activities that they use to practice his/her first language but using the second language so in that way they are more familiarized with is learning process and is more easy to achieve the goals .

 And the last point that I want to consider is the importance of teaching communicative skills because teaching them this subject , we can give them the necessary tools to fulfill the goals of the speaking skill.



 When we teach writing we need to consider points like , Rhetorical situation (audience, purpose, topic),Context,Text type,Author,Reader,Sources,Tell knowledge,Transform knowledge,Stages: planninig, texting, proofreading, editing , just like when we are developing the other skills these are very important points . Sometimes teach this skill could be very mechanic specially when we teach , tense structures , and verbal times but we need to be aware about all the techniques that we can use to change this I mean , this process could be very attractive if we use the proper techniques like games for example which are very attractive for every type of students .

 Here you have a link to consider for teaching writing http://languageartsgames.4you4free.com/the_writing_process.html

Other important point just like in the other skills , we need to consider attractive themes to practice writing for example , if we want to teach how to write an essay we must choose attractive themes to develop so in that way our student could be more engage with the exercise and the content .



 When we think in teaching listening we need to consider several point to do of this skill a successful one , we need to know that listening is not just the act of hear something ,this exercise must be meaningful, must be present a huge quote of comprehension and our students must be aware about how useful is this , because when we teach listening we can teach several subjects like , vocabulary , pronunciation , structure of sentences, etc. An one of the most important points for me is that we can use attractive devices to teach this skill , like music , videos , language games so in that way student learn in a unconscious way , because they learn having a great time . Of course that the used inputs must be according to the age for our students .

Teaching Reading

Teaching Reading Taking in count the other three skills Reading could be one of the most difficult subject to teach considering that for these days children even read in Spanish is complicated , so when we teach this one we need to consider every known strategy to fulfill the goals . First of all I think that we need to consider the type of text that we are teaching which in the best of cases must be an attractive theme, so in that way we can engage the content in an attractive or interests way for every student , we need to present attractive texts depending of the age of our students I mean is impossible to think that what could be attractive for a 4th grade student will be attractive for an 8th student so we need to be conscious about the type of students . Other point to consider is respect the order of our lesson plan , we must to apply the content step by step respecting pre, while and post activities each one of these with an specific activity to give them (students) the necessary tools to achieve goals Also we can’t forget the strategy of skimming and scanning which for teach this skill is very important because we cant provide ours student an amazing technique to achieve the most important goal which is COMPREHENSION .

 ( more about skimming and scanning)
 How to Skim:
* Read the title.
* Read the introduction or the first paragraph.
 * Read the first sentence of every other paragraph.
 * Read any headings and sub-headings.
*Notice any pictures, charts, or graphs.
* Notice any italicized or boldface words or phrases.
 * Read the summary or last paragraph.

 How to Scan:
* State the specific information you are looking for.
* Try to anticipate how the answer will appear and what clues you might use to help you locate the answer. For example, if you were looking for a certain date, you would quickly read the paragraph looking only for numbers.
 * Use headings and any other aids that will help you identify which sections might contain the information you are looking for.
* Selectively read and skip through sections of the passage.