KEYNOTE: "SPEAKING" - THE PRIORITY IN WORLD LANGUAGE EDUCATION
Promoting "teaching for speaking" has been Sue Fenton's goal and passion for over 20 years. She developed speaking strategies, and wrote her own materials because books on speaking were practically non-existent. When a colleague once asked her, "Sue, how do you get your students to speak French so well?" she answered, "I just let them speak." That's when she began to write books on speaking to help other teachers empower students to speak the speak the language.
This important keynote is a very candid reality check about speaking; its emphasis over time and where it stands today; its impact on student expectations and motivation; "artificial" vs true conversation strategies; the weakness of speaking in texts and the need to compensate. It presents the case for why speaking should be the priority and placed a notch above listening, reading, and writing. The keynote offers a wide variety of solutions and the importance of creating classrooms based on speaking and activities that are task-based, real-world, authentic, meaningful, and personalized.
TIME: 1 1/2 hours
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