Speaking activities

Introduction

Here you have a few activities aimed at helping your students to improve their speaking skills autonomously.

The main objective is to motivate and encourage them to work autonomously, rather than to assess or correct them. The teacher must empower students by involving them in the decision-making process, and gradually leaving the learning process in their hands.

Taking the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages as the starting point, the activities have been classified depending on the oral subskill they focus on, namely, vocabulary range, grammatical accuracy, coherence and cohesion, fluency, phonological control and sociolinguistic appropriateness.

Click to download the pack of activities in the different languages:

Activities in Catalan

Activities in Dutch

Activities in English

Activities in Icelandic

Activities in Spanish

Activities in Swedish

Tips & tricks

  • adapt the activities to your students´needs

  • keep them simple and low threshold

  • use them in or out of the classroom depending on the current level of autonomy

  • integrate autonomous practice in the curriculum: students and teachers need to feel it’s not an ‘extra’ set of activities

  • introduce autonomous learning gradually: start in the classroom (get familiar with the activity) and bring the autonomous learning into the classroom explicitly

  • make the process of learning attractive by using gamification, recording, modern technology, apps, etc.

  • introduce the activities step by step by limiting their number to keep your students motivated

  • get students´ feedback on the activities to motivate their peers