Unravel the Mystery of Teaching Speaking in EAP Classes

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Speaking, as one of the most important skills in second language learning and teaching, can often be overlooked in EAP (English for Academic Purposes) classes. At XJTLU, EAP classes for Year 1 students usually focus on developing their general EAP knowledge, for example, writing academic paragraphs and short essays, and giving presentations. By applying a student-centered approach in classrooms, students are usually given much time in class to discuss with their peers and talk to teachers. However, it is not uncommon for teachers to see disappointing results in speaking exams. One reason that cannot be neglected is that the methods used to teach speaking skills usually do not match students' problems in speaking. This article aims to explore the problems that exist in student speaking and teachers' strategies of teaching speaking in current EAP classrooms at XJTLU, and some possible methods to increase the effectiveness of teaching speaking so that students can improve their grades in speaking exams.
Original languageEnglish
TypeLanguage Teaching in China (LTiC)
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2022


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