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    Four language Skills By Ashish Kulkarni
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    Learning Outcomes By the end of this session C.Ps could be able to : Share the importance of four language skills in teaching and learning. Discuss the ways to teach four language skills. Demonstrate some activities related to four skills.
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    Road Map Four language skills Listening skill How to teach listening skill Speaking skill How to teach speaking skill Reading Skill How to teach Reading skill Writing skill How to teach writing skill Activities Conclusion
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    Four Language Skills Listening Speaking Reading Writing Receptive Listening Reading Productive Speaking Writing
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    Listening Skill Listening comprehension is the receptive skill. Listening means to understand what we hear. Two types of listening • Interactive (we chance to speak) Calls, discussion and face to face conversation Non-interactive ( we don't have a chance to speak) Watching TV and sermons.
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    How to Teach Listening Beginners should be given more chances for listening. Speak slowly and as close to natural speed as possible. Using shorter sentences, and the number and length of pauses in your speech Reduce distractions and noise. Use equipments like TV/ radio, tap recorder. Repeat or play the text twice or thrice. Give them a listening task as home task listening news.
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    Speaking Skill Speaking is the productive skill. There are three kinds of speaking • interactive, (discussion, dialogue) partially interactive ( Lecture ) non-interactive (Sermons and Speeches)
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    How to teach Speaking Communicative teaching Mistakes should be welcome Actions with Speaking Activities imitating, answering verbal cues, interactive conversation, oral presentation Content of speaking should be practical and useable in real life. Provide appropriate feedback/ but donlt interrupt communication. Address both interactive fluency and accuracy. Encourage strategies like asking for clarification, paraphrasing, gestures, and initiating (Ihey,l ISO/ Iby the wayl)
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    Reading Skill Reading is the receptive skill in the written mode. It can develop independently of listening and speaking skills Reading can help build vocabulary that helps listening comprehension.
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    How to Teaching Reading For beginners reading text should be simple in terms of grammar and vocabulary. The text should be relevant to the context, real life and background knowledge of reader. Use reading strategies prediction, Guessing from the context/ skimming and scanning. Silent Reading vs. Reading Aloud Reading aloud improve pronunciation and silent reading focus comprehension.
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    Writing Skill Writing is the productive skill in the written mode. u It/ too, is more complicated seems to be the hardest of the skills. It involves not just a graphic representation of speech/ but the development and presentation of thoughts in a structured way. Good writing conveys a meaningful message . Free writing Vs process writing Free for collecting ideas and process for polishing writing piece.
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    How to Teach Writing Copying text word for word Writing what you dictate • Imitating a model Filling in blanks in sentences or paragraphs Taking a paragraph and transforming certain language, for example changing all verbs and time references to past tense Summarizing a story text/ video, or listening clip.
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    Activities Group No 1 Group No Group No Group No 2 3 4 Reading Listening writing Speaking
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    Conclusion All four skills support each other since, they are interconnected therefore, cannot be taught independently Listening and reading both rely on input from an outside source and require knowledge of the language, background knowledge, and comprehension skills. The productive skills of writing and speaking are more complex as they necessitate taking knowledge of a language a step further to actually produce new language.
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    Food for thought All four skills facilitate language learning. Language learning is like learning swimming. You cannot teach swimming to someone by sitting at the bank of river and giving lecture. For this purpose you will have jump in the river. In the same way, language cannot be learned by just cramming the rules of grammar or lecture. It can be learn through conversation and discussion.
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    Refrences http:llwriting.colostate.edu/guideslteachin g/esl/writing.cfm http:llwww.sil.org/lingualinksllanguagelea rninglotherresourceslgudlnsfralnggandcltrl rnngprgrmlFourBasicLanguageSkiIIs.htm http://www.ne.jp/asahi/efI/2ndsc/4skiIIs.htmI
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