Breaking Down the 4 Domains of Language: SPEAKING

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Over the course of 4 weeks, we are breaking down the 4 language domains: 
Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

Episode 72 is focused on the speaking domain.

Have you had a newcomer who will not practice speaking English? As much as you want them to feel comfortable and confident, you can’t blame them for their hesitancy.

On one hand, we absolutely have to respect the silent stage of language learning. Adequate time and alternative language assessment must be given before a student is expected to use speaking as their form of output. On the other hand, our students MUST have ample time to practice speaking every. single. day. in our classrooms. Too often, teachers find themselves without enough time to teach what needs to be covered. What is the typical response? Teachers talk (and as we discussed last week, often talk way too fast) for the majority of the day, leaving little time for this essential piece in their students’ language development.

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We hope you’ll listen in and leave with practical support and strategies to put into practice this week.

Topics Discussed in this episode:
  • the 4 stages of development in the speaking domain
  • practical strategies to get your students speaking
  • tips for your lesson planning so that you purposefully carve out time for speaking
  • student listening expectations for each language stage


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We all know that teaching isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be this hard. Equipping ELLs is a podcast for both ESL specialists and homeroom teachers who are looking for effective and engaging ways to support their English Language Learners without adding to their endless to-do list. Tune in each week to hear tips, strategies, and inspirational stories that will empower you to better reach your ELL students, equip them with life-long skills, and strengthen relationships with colleagues and parents.

Your host, Beth Vaucher, is the founder of Inspiring Young Learners. She is an ESL certified homeroom teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching in the US and internationally. Her background of M.Ed in ESL and Curriculum and Instruction combined with her experience has led her to develop a bestselling newcomer curriculum that has sold in over 90 countries around the globe. She brings a different perspective to teaching ELLs from her years teaching and living abroad and working with ELLs from around the world. You will walk away from each episode with the ideas and tools you need to transform your experience as a teacher and cultivate a thriving and welcoming environment for your ELL students.



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