When the child listens attentively he also develops his speaking skills. This is another communicative language skill that must be tutored to a child. The teacher’s responsibility lies in the part that she should be able to provide ample scope for the child to communicate through his oral skills. Speaking helps the child to get a strong hold upon the language and also exposes him to a wide variation of word stock in English Language. Hence here are some of the simple skill based classroom tasks which might benefit the learner in developing a strong command over the first language.
Extracting Responses: The best way to help the learner polish his speaking skills is by extracting responses from the learners instead of imposing the teacher’s views upon them. Allow the child to speak on any particular topic or let him voice out his opinion related to the day’s topic. The teacher must not try to rectify the weak areas when the child speaks but must guide him to do so when the class ends. It is very important on the teacher’s part to correct the mistakes as this will refine the speaking skills of the learners.
Assembly: This is another area where the learners have ample scope to speak. The assembly should be conducted by students as far as possible. The teacher might chalk out an assembly agenda and every
week, students must be given the opportunity to display their speaking skills in the form of any sort of communication. The students can recite, perform, read, narrate or take up any activity in which they need to speak. This podium increases the level of confidence among the learners and they learn to speak in a much more polished way.
Projects: While choosing projects for language classes a teacher can emphasize upon selecting projects where the students need to concentrate more on their speaking skills. Hence activities like Telephonic Conversation and Dialogue Formation can be practiced in the classroom. The teacher can work these activities through pairs. She gives them a particular topic to converse upon by motivating the learners to go ahead with the activity. Through this activity the children learn to converse by understanding the theme of the conversation. They connect each point together and build up a suitable conversation related to the topic.
Master of Ceremony: Giving a chance to host a particular school event as the Master of Ceremony is one of the best exposures that a student can get to display his oral powers. The teacher must guide the child to speak confidently and maintain a good voice modulation.The students learn to maintain a balanced script while announcing the events categorically. This exposure will be the best learning experience for the learners to prove their craftsmanship in displaying their oral communicative skills confidently in front of the sitting audience.
There can be other ways also to help the learners master this second important communicative skill. Communicating verbally is mandatory for any learner whether in personal life, in academics or in the public forum. Hence having a polished and refined oral communicating skill helps the learners to mark their presence among the crowd,beyond the school walls.