Speaking (OPs)

  • Sept C1.1: introducing yourself
  • Sept C1.2: about your summer
  • Oct C1.1: the 10 Statements + other voluntary OPs, UL from Friends
  • Oct C1.2: an OP of your choice
  • Nov C1.1: the Ngozi OP
  • Nov C1.2: the Speaking Test Cards

You will be engaged in individual and group speaking projects.

There’ll be a monthly dialogue/conversation for all in class, which you will prepare for at home, listening to UL and repeating, brainstorming on UL, etc.

For C1.2s they will also work on this using exam cards. See Exam Workshop

There’ll be a term teamwork OP (oral presentation) on how to do something you all wish to learn: for instance, how to write reviews, reports, or complaint letters. Individual OPs on how-to’s of your expertise are also welcome!

Then, everybody is welcome to share individual OPs, from 1 minute to 20 minutes, but for these longer OPs you need to book in advance, so I can organize the lesson. Considering groups are overcrowded, if everybody volunteers, I think we can just manage listening to one 5 minute OP per student a month. Ideally, one a week would be great. Except for 1 or 2 minute OPs, which can be improvised (and also poems you learn by ear by heart), I expect students to have worked / trained at home on their OP before sharing it in class. Speaking practice at home IS NOT about writing something and reading it out loud till you learn it. It’s about listening lots and taking notes, and then working out an outline as you practice explaining things, and then finally using that outline timing yourself, several times, before coming to class and doing the same! After your OP is when you can write it all down if you like. Only UL, poems and stories are recommended to be learned by ear by heart, through repetition.

Here is an old video where I explain how to train for speaking tests and practice at home

EFL Learners Speaking English
Check out the English Department’s Youtube Channel. The playlists with videos by Avanzado 2 students and C1 students are all by my students. Most are edited with notes to help people learn to correct their own mistakes as they speak, and to help them work on their List of Mistakes, to avoid them and prevent further fossilizations. Make it part of your learning routines to watch these videos and take notes! It will help you learn to listen to yourself as you speak, too, increasing the chances you fix your mistakes on the spot when you are communicating or taking oral exams.


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