Do we need theory to teach speaking skills?

Tamsin Hart

We know that speaking skills can be difficult to grasp when learning a second language, but can theory help with this? Experienced teacher and teacher trainer, Peter Lucantoni, explores whether or not we need theory to teach speaking skills.

Peter has been collecting teachers’ frequently asked questions for over forty years. In this webinar recording, Peter discusses topics such as ‘is accuracy more important than fluency?’ As well as ‘should students use any of their first language in an ESL class?’. With quotes from teachers and academics, such as Jack Richards and Penny Ur, Peter presents a range of resources to help you find the approach that is right for your learners.

Grab a pen, paper and a drink and settle in to watch Peter’s webinar and discover the theory to support your students’ speaking skills.

If you’re interested in teaching theory you might also enjoy Simon Armitage and Dr Mark Winterbottom’s article on Differentiation in an inclusive Classroom.