May 27: How can we help students develop their oral fluency?
PD 5:00 - 6:00 MST | Online Event
Presenter: Shiran Wang
Workshop summary: Oral fluency is an important indicator of language learners’ speaking proficiency. With the problem raised that oral fluency development has been neglected in the language classroom, researchers have made the effort to examine the effectiveness of different fluency-oriented techniques.
- What are the most research-supported classroom-based techniques for oral fluency development for ESL/EFL learners?
- To what extent are these techniques included in the most popular student textbooks issued by major publishers?
This presentation will discuss the three types of activities that were found to have positive effects on promoting oral fluency development, the coverage of these techniques in popular ESL/EFL textbooks and possible activities ESL instructors can adopt to assist the students' practice speaking with the techniques.
Presenter Bio: Shiran Wang is an MEd (TESL) student at the University of Alberta.
During her practicum, she taught LINC (CLB 3) at NorQuest College. She has also taught Adult ESL (beginning and intermediate levels) during her CELTA certificate training. In addition, she has taught IELTS (speaking & listening), CELPIP (speaking & listening), and adult ESL. She is interested in understanding how to help students with developing their oral fluency.
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