Productive and Receptive Skills in the ESL Classroom - Productive Skills Overview


This presentation is going to cover the teaching of productive skills. To start with, if we think about the way in which you learnt your first language, most of us go through a particular process. Firstly, we listen to those around us, after that first silent period of listening to other people, then we start to make utterances. Having learned to speak to a certain extent at least, we then go on to learn how to read and to write and this process that we go through is actually covering the four skills that we're trying to teach our English students. So, we have listening, speaking, reading, and writing. If we group those skills into their different types, then the two skills of reading and listening are known as receptive skills, whereas the skills of speaking and writing are known as productive skills. In this session, we're going to focus on the production skills and have a look at how to create a lesson for that.

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

Very interesting unit and a great reminder for grammar rules. The test was challenging enough to start with. The information was concise, clearly organized and the explanations were quite detailed. This unit will come in handy whenever I have to refresh my memory in regards to grammar.This unit was very useful for learning what the different type of present tenses are known as. I have always been good at sentence structure and known how a sentence should look and sound, but never know the technical names for this, e.g. present perfect and present perfect continuous.The evolution of these units, are now beginning to connect the larger pieces of the puzzle together. This unit goes deeper into introducing new parts of the english language to students. It provides good examples and tehnigues of teaching meanings and form and how sentences are formed.