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ESL Teaching Tips: Getting Children to Speak

Katherine Bilsborough
Episodes 04:09 MINS

Hello everyone, my name’s Katherine and I’m an English teacher, a materials writer and a parent.

Over the years, I’ve met thousands of teachers and one thing I get asked again and again is, “How can I encourage children to speak English in the classroom?” So if you’ve ever asked that question don’t worry, you’re not alone. For a child to speak English in class, they need to feel confident and supported. So I’m going to share five tips with you.

One, make sure the children know exactly what they are expected to say. The best way to do this is by writing some examples on the board. You can write words, whole sentences or even a complete dialogue. Even if the children don’t need to look at the board, just knowing that it’s there will help them to feel supported.

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In this video Katherine Bilsborough helps teachers with a difficult aspect of classroom management: getting children to feel more confident and to start speaking when they are learning.


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