Teaching speaking to adolescents

Keresztesné Kubovics Margit (2000) Teaching speaking to adolescents. MA/MSc, Szegedi Tudományegyetem.

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Teaching speaking is getting more and more important nowadays according to social requirements everybody has to face. This skill is often considered as one of the most important abilities that learners can acquire in a foreign language. Speaking a foreign language fluently is necessary in our everyday life. We learn languages in order to get a means of communication, so fluency tends to dominate accuracy in the everyday use of the language. Taking into consideration the place occupied by teaching speaking in the institutionalized learning process, we realize that there is a contradiction between its importance and the way it is usually treated. I would like to present how this methodological problem occurs in one special pedagogical situation: teaching speaking to adolescents at a secondary grammar school using New Cambridge English Course. The analysis of one unit of this coursebook is done in order to make explicit some theoretical difficulties characterizing this skill development. It does not intend to be a review. I present a small collection of possible supplementary material as one way of compensating methodological problems. This material is not described here as a recipe, it is only one possible solution for those obstacles students and teachers may encounter when they endeavour to carry out oral fluency development. The conclusion of this reasoning suggests that it is worth making efforts in creating an ideal proportion of focusing on accuracy and fluency in language teaching.


Szegedi Tudományegyetem


Gyula Juhász Teacher Training College


Angol Tanszék


Teacher Training




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Item Type: Thesis (MA/MSc)
Date: 2000
Depositing User: JGYPK Szerkesztő
Date Deposited: 2019. Jun. 04. 07:25
Last Modified: 2019. Jun. 04. 13:46
URI: http://diploma.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/76820

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