In order to improve English speaking skills, it is essential to practice with other learners or native speakers. The main issue that makes this process difficult is the fact that a student needs another person to practice speaking English as opposed to practicing reading or listening skills. Also, it is very important to manage the process properly for both sides of the conversation to be productive. Therefore, a teacher creating an exercise or a lesson focused on speaking is one of the most efficient ways that affect this process positively.
All over the world, there are various organizations such as speaking clubs that provide the aforementioned skills. We also organize speaking clubs that follow a methodology structured by academicians.
We usually organize outdoor speaking clubs in touch with nature and they are less formal compared to traditional classes. The topics are chosen carefully by our teachers and they usually include topics that the students can observe in their daily lives and topics that they can provide examples of their own daily lives. Choosing interesting and useful topics also have a positive effect on the students. Considering it provides an opportunity to practice English in daily life, it also makes it easier for the students to be more attentive and creates a desire to learn in students.
In our speaking clubs, our teachers use teaching methods such as debates, discussions, presentations and games to motivate the students and encourage them to speak English. Especially for little children, using games to teach English is more common. These methods not only help the students to improve their English but also teaches them about being a team member, problem-solving, public speaking and speaking their own mind.
In our speaking clubs, our students don’t only spend time with their classmates they also spend time with other students at different levels. Spending time with their peers who have a lower or higher level of English proficiency contributes to the camp spirit, increases student interaction, boosts self-esteem and breaks down prejudices.