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The Logic of Spoken English – and How to Teach it

December 2nd, 2007 by Dave · 1 Comment

Dave Willis just posted a paper on teaching spoken English on his website. I haven’t given it a close reading, but it looks like a good read for anyone interested in how the grammar of spoken English differs from that of written English. He also offers a lot of practical teaching advice.

Spoken English is often described as untidy, disorganised, even ungrammatical. But the fact that we all use it effectively and successfully belies these descriptions. We will look at samples of spontaneous spoken English and list its salient features. We will go on to discuss why it is the way it is. Finally we will look at pedagogic strategies to make our learners more aware of the nature of spontaneous spoken language, and will design exercises to capitalise on this awareness.

Tags: blog · ESL resources · speaking · theory

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  • 1 SONI RAWAT // Jul 19, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Hello dear my english is too weak plz help me with easy way

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