The Art of Teaching Speaking: Research and Pedagogy for the ESL/EFL Classroom
*What elements make a speaking activity successful? *Which tasks or activities really help build speaking fluency? *What does the research show regarding speaking activities? *What mistakes do ESL teachers often make in speaking activity design?
In this highly accessible and practical resource, Keith S. Folse provides a wealth of information to help ESL/EFL teachers design and use speaking tasks that will actually improve students' speaking fluency. The book presents and discusses the relevant research and assessment issues and includes case studies from twenty different settings and classrooms around the world so that readers learn from others about the problems and successes of using various speaking activities.
Teachers will find the chapters on Twenty Successful Activities and Ten Unsuccessful Activities particularly valuable. The successful activities are provided for classroom use and are reproducible. The book also contains five appendixes that explain what teachers need to know about vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar and how they affect the teaching of speaking. Samples of successful lesson plans and a list of resources useful for teaching speaking are also included.
Keith S. Folse, Ph.D., is Coordinator, TESOL Programs, University of Central Florida (Orlando). He is the author of Vocabulary Myths (University of Michigan Press, 2004) and more than 35 second language textbooks, including texts on grammar, reading, speaking, listening, and writing.
Practical, detailed, and illuminating
By Eric H. Roth "English teacher/conversationali... - May 17, 2008
This practical guide for English teachers should find a large audience, especially in MA classes on ESL methodology. Combining personal insights, detailed interview with fellow ESL teachers, and a survey of recent research and an acute awareness that context matters, Keith Folse has written an outstanding primer for conversation teachers and tutors. His 20 short vignettes in Chapter 3 (What does a Conversation Class Look Like) are worth the coverprice alone. If you have already, or you plan to teach a conversation class, I strongly recommend this outstanding primer.
An Excellent Introduction
By D. Buller - January 25, 2008
As a relatively new EFL teacher, I appreciate Dr. Folse's insights. One of the most important aspects that jumps out at me is his emphasis on the need to teach the language "for" and "in" the learning task. While this may seem like common sense, I've noticed that it's not always common practice. The book is a nice blend of theory and practice.
The reader can tell that Folse has taught speaking in a number of contexts and that he's familiar with research in the field of TESOL. He communicates information in a way that beginning teachers can understand. There are also nice sections describing speaking classes in a number of different contexts around the world along with activities that work and don't work.
Finally, I enjoyed the humble approach he takes in describing his own development as an English teacher early in his career. Overall, I feel enriched as a teacher after reading the book.
Guidance from one of the best
By Blue in Washington "Barry Ballow" - June 28, 2010
Keith Folse has well-earned legendary status in the ESL/EFL community worldwide. He's a prolific author of practical teaching guides that are invariably useful to teachers of any category or level. He's also a fine speaker who skips over the academic language in favor of what is classroom useful. I heard him introduce this particular publication at a TOFEL conference a few years ago and was impressed enough to buy the book. I've used it off and on since in preparing material and lesson plans for my adult professional classes and tutorial sessions.
What is particularly good in the content is his stress on cultural awareness--who are you teaching? where are they coming from as they learn? The book also very helpfully includes negative examples supplied by Folse and other teachers from a wide variety of teaching contexts. This is an excellent resource book for any ESL/EFL teacher, particularly one who might be working in an overseas environment.