Speaking Activity Forum

Speaking Activity Forum

Speaking Activity Forum
Thursday, 14 January 2021, 5:32 PM




This forum is to discuss the activities provided in the chapter on speaking by Stanley. Take a look at all the activities proposed. 


1) what do you think of them?

2) which one would you use in your classes? why?

3) how would you improve it for better results?


Take a look at contributions by other students:



Regarding the activities, “Reading aloud (8.3)” seems to be effective. I also found interesting “Discussions of interests (8.11)”. “Animated film (8.12)” is an activity that would foster leaners´ creativity and it is fun as well. And finally “World issues (8.13)” is an activity that will not only make learners practice their speaking skills, but also it will make them become aware of important issues that individuals face in the world we live in.


Stanley proposes two activities 8.6 and 8.10 that could be very motivating for students as well, since many of them learn English because they want to travel. This way, being able to use technology to help them plan their trips or get information about places would make them feel very motivated to learn.


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by Tatiana Köerich Rondon (202000714) - Saturday, 20 March 2021, 9:08 PM

Hello, again! wink

I enjoyed the activities regarding speaking proposed by Stanley (2013). Some of them have resources that I had not heard of before. I will explore these tools when I have more time! The activity I liked the most is 8.1 Spoken journals because it requires little preparation and can be used with all levels. Since I use WhatsApp groups with my students, I would probably ask them to send me their recordings through this app. I would propose that each student wrote a question they would like their classmates to answer. Then, I would ask students to choose at least three questions to answer in a recorded message they could either send me privately or to the group. I also think this would be a good alternative for a self-evaluation. Two activities that I will try soon are 8.2 Speaking pictures and 8.12 Animated film. I believe encouraging students to engage in creative activities increases their motivation.

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by Natália Pinheiro (202001301) - Monday, 22 March 2021, 9:55 AM

1) My main goal when aiding the development of student's speaking skills is to provide them with an activity that makes language disappears so that life can appear (I may have stolen with quote from Tosltoi big grin). Thinking about that I'm a fan of activities that engage students and are concerned with the topics they want to discuss.





3) So, one thing that I feel mostly safe to assume is that learners don't want to "reflect on their language learning" in class as suggested in activity 8.1 Ok, maybe if you're thinking about undergrad students at a Letras course, but such a small population... My adaptation to activities 8.1, 8.2, and 8.9 would be to let students choose a topic (e.g. a tv series, a book, something that they are currently studying in a different class). Then, I would mash them together and propose a podcast as the final project (spoilers: that's actually what my unit for this class will be).

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by Tatiana Köerich Rondon (202000714) - Monday, 22 March 2021, 3:14 PM

Hello, everyone! wink

These are the slides I used for my presentation today. I talked about activity 8.3 Reading Aloud and put a few extra resources you might find interesting.

See you!

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by Rayla Rocha dos Santos (202001012) - Monday, 22 March 2021, 4:26 PM

Hi, here is the activity that I would choose and how I would adapt. 

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by Rayla Rocha dos Santos (202001012) - Thursday, 1 April 2021, 7:20 AM

I liked the activities, most of them are centered on students’ context and realities. So, the students are required to talk about what they live, see, and do. The activities that I enjoyed the most were“Spoken Journal” and “Talk-radio speaking”. Both of them students can choose the themes, and I think they are engaging, but I think I would implement the “Talk-radio speaking” because it could be improved to an informative podcast in which the students would research about themes, read, write a script. I think it could be a very good project to realize. 

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by Fernanda da Costa Alves (202001313) - Wednesday, 24 March 2021, 4:45 PM

Hello everyone smile

I really liked the ideas proposed by Stanley and I think all of them could be a very good and interactive way of dealing with speaking in class. The activities I liked the most were 8.2 and 8.8. Both of them deal with creativity and I think that this would motivate students. 

In activity 8.2, in the variation (for older learners) I would probably ask students to choose a picture of themselves in a place they really like and describe what they have done during that day. Later on, this could be posted on a blog so all the students could see and listen. In activity 8.8, instead of creating a radio, we could definitely create podcasts! The students could also choose a topic they enjoy and in small groups (2-3 students) they could have a conversation about this topic and explain a little bit about it. The teacher could also give some suggestions in case they don't decide on a theme to talk about. Afterward, the teacher could create a podcast with the students (choose a name and everything) and post this somewhere (it could be on Youtube, or even on Spotify). Activity 8.8 could actually be the class project, in which they would work for several classes (working on drafts and researching about the topic chosen) until they in fact produce the podcast.



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by Thaisy da Silva Martins (202001387) - Wednesday, 24 March 2021, 4:58 PM

I really liked the activity Talk-radio show and I think it would be a great activity to use as a project. Instead of a radio show, I would propose the students to create a podcast about the topics discussed during the semester. I think it would be nice for them at the end of each unit, to talk about the topic and turn the content they learned into a talk show. The students would be engaged in the project and dedicated to create a nice show for them to share with friends and family. 

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by Janaina Fernanda de Almeida (202001525) - Tuesday, 30 March 2021, 2:52 PM

The activities are again very interesting and provide some engaging ideas. The activities I like most were 8.5 and 8.9, as they are interactive and allow students to talk to their classmates. I also found activity 8.7, “tourists from the virtual world”, quite creative, and I would certainly like to use the idea, especially with children or teenagers. But, in my variation, only one student would be looking at the virtual place, and he would have to describe it, while the other students would try to draw the place on the board according to the colleague's description. The drawing group would also be encouraged to ask questions so that they could better illustrate the location. In this way, the whole class would be involved and practicing their oral skills in a fun activity. smile

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by William Gottardi (202003499) - Wednesday, 31 March 2021, 4:02 PM

Hello there, everyone!

Personally, I liked the activities that focus on fluency, mainly the 8.3 and 8.5. Moreover, another one that caught my attention was the number 8.1 (Spoken Journal) due to its focus on learner autonomy. Besides, I really liked the games "https://www.stopdisastersgame.org/" and the one suggested on the slides from Kellen Geremias "http://playspent.org/". Both games can be used for excellent classes focused on communication, not only speaking but integrating all 4 skills.

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by Celso José de Lima Junior (202001592) - Wednesday, 31 March 2021, 9:34 PM

Hello, everyone

Every activity in Stanley’s book is easy to adapt to different contexts and different levels. Stanley has taken care to organize all units around an aspect or skill. I would recommend unit 8.3 Reading aloud for almost any subject.  In this unit, we can use the voice dictation of iOS or Android devices which converts speech into text. smile

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by Mauricio de Bortolli Lattmann (202004435) - Wednesday, 31 March 2021, 10:40 PM

When it comes to speaking, the activities I liked the most were: 8.2 Speaking pictures, which involves students uploading pictures/drawings to a website where it is also possible to record audio files to go with these pictures; 8.4 Unscripted and scripted dialogues, which is about students recording themselves to later listening to their recordings thinking about possible improvements they could make. Activity 8.6 Guided tour and activity 8.8 Talk-radio speaking are the ones I found the most fun to work with groups. The former involves students creating an itinerary about a place/city tourists might want to visit, recording some useful information about specific tourists attractions tourist might find interesting to check, and the latter, involves students creating a radio talk show talking about a variety of different subjects. I think learners would enjoy working with the activities suggested by the author, since most of them seem to be quite fun to work with groups, having students participate in them quite a lot.

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by Andreia Dalla Costa (201901088) - Tuesday, 6 April 2021, 4:50 PM

I really enjoyed activity 8.8 Talk-radio speaking. I think it is a very nice way of engaging students and also dealing with other skills such as reading and writing besides speaking. I think that the procedures for the activity as proposed by Stanley could really work. However, I would add other things to that: teachers might decide to have a "news program" and video record students or do that in the form of a podcast too. 

I also think that students should have models of the talk-radio shows beforehand, which the teacher could use in order to analyze with students how it words, the way language is used. 

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by Flávia Roberta Felippi Rucki (201905682) - Tuesday, 6 April 2021, 7:44 PM

Concerning the activities presented in class by our classmates, they were really nice and fun. William presented a game which was a challenge to myself!! Teenagers would love it!! Another activity that called my attention was presented by Tatiana and it is called " Read Aloud" (8.3). I had never thought of reading aloud as a speaking activity, but after the presentation and the discussion we had in class, I could realize that it is effective to build students confidence and fluency. smile