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While writing and speaking are considered productive skills (as opposed to listening and reading, the receptive language skills), both require different teaching methodologies Speaking is the means through which a good ESL classroom will run and is most often the focus of students trying to learn the language. Speaking commands a certain level of fluency, which can only be acquired through regular practice. In addition, a speaker will often need to think ?on the spot? and be ready to respond to some unpredictable circumstances. It is his/her responsibility to design lessons that not only maximize student talk time, but also present the opportunity to practice speaking in controlled, guided and creative-speaking situations.
Also, It is important to encourage students to write as much as possible. To increase quality and accuracy, teachers need to ensure that they are consistent in enforcing writing rules and in correcting students? written work. Of course, depending on the size of a class, this can be a daunting task, but having students self- or peer-correct can take the pressure off of a teacher, while still guaranteeing students ample practice with the written word. The only way to improve students? speaking and writing skills is to put them to use. Although writing and reading differ with regard to their vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.