4 ESL Speaking Activities to engage students

If you are an adult, it may not be easy for you to speak in the second language in front of a crowd. For most people, it’s never-wracking. Often, youngsters find it less difficult than adults. So, teachers have to keep a lot of factors in mind when teaching English to adults. Let’s take a look at a few ideas that can help teachers with this.

  1. Short Talks

If possible, you may want to use a few topic cards. Each student should be given a card. Once each of them has a card, you should give them a limited time. This is the amount of time they will use to talk about their topic.

Your next move is to give your students enough time to collect their thoughts. For instance, you can give them 5 to 30 minutes so that they can get ready. You may also allow them to write a few sentences on the card as a reminder of the directions.

  1. Don’t tell, show them

You may ask your students to bring an object to the school. This is tons of fun as they may bring a lot of things that can add value their lives. In other words, they would love to talk about that subject for hours.

Another way to use your own objects and ask students to explain what they look like and are used for. Aside from this, you can have a strong discussion in order to keep things going.

  1. Interviews and surveys

As far as learning a language is concerned, know that trying to be good at asking/answering questions is really important.

  1. Discussion and debates

Mature students may debate on topics that they are knowledgeable about. Moreover, they can be asked to choose the side they are interested in and  this can be a precursor to a hot classroom debate.