Speaking and listening tasks
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Speaking and listening assessment cards
Assessment cards to support group analysis, each with a different listening focus and prompt questions.
Persuasive role play
Students choose from a range of potentially tricky scenarios, and practise their persuasive skills in pairs.
The dragon debate
A speaking and listening activity in which students explore what might happen if a dragon arrived in their home town! Using De Bono's hats, students explore and analyse the situation from different perspectives.
A topical speaking and listening activity based on the popular TV programme, 'Educating Yorkshire'. This ticks the boxes for both group discussion and drama.
Design your ideal school
Students work in groups to design their ideal school. A series of questions encourages them to focus on ideologies as well as sketching the buildings. Leads into a role play discussion that could be used for speaking tasks.
Theme park fun
Students design their own park, create advertising materials and then pitch for investment!
Speaking and listening self assessment
An interactive Choices whizzy activity. Students answer a number of multiple choice questions to identify their strengths and areas for improvement. There is also a Word and PDF document available.
School uniform: to wear or not to wear?
A useful debating activity which uses de Bono's thinking hats, suitable for small group discussions.
What makes you unique?
A series of discussion questions based on the text 'Unique' by Alison Allen-Grey, which could be adapted for use with any text based on themes of identity or bullying.
Save my dog!
A Diamond Jubilee version of this lovely speaking and listening activity including the Queen and her Corgi. Vets have to make some difficult decisions - can you persuade them to save your dog? Includes different role-play cards for each 'dog owner'. (Search for 9537 for support materials for this resource.)
Works of art quotations
A lovely speaking and listening activity in which students discuss what constitutes 'art' and record their reactions to various pieces of artwork. (Links closely to resource 14391 'What is art?').
Speaking and listening word games
A selection of word games which could be used as starters or ice-breakers.
Vote for us!
Students invent the policies of an imaginary political party and then try to convince members of a different party of the effectiveness of their policies.
Students research the controversy surrounding the video and prepare an argument ready for debate.
Channel 4 needs you!
A speaking and listening activity in which students create their own reality TV show.
Encourage students to respond to each other in formal debate with these fun flashcards. Invite them to add a few extras of their own.
Talking about work experience
Four speaking and listening tasks based on work experience, plus peer and self assessment sheet. Useful for functional skills assessments.
What is art?
A lovely resource in which students look at images of controversial art installations such as Emin's 'My bed'. They are guided towards constructing a speech on the tricky topic of what art actually is.
Hold a debate
A lovely outline of a formal debate structure, planning grid for speeches, plus role cards.
Big Brother: the revival
Students analyse clips of Big Brother and put forward a pitch to save the series.
Save me from certain death
An argue and persuade task where students must decide who is sacrificed for the greater good!
A selection of five separate tasks for students to choose from based on the explain/describe/narrate triplet.
Designed for group work, this resource asks students to consider solutions for climate change whilst examining it from four different perspectives.
Writing and discussion activities based on a land development plan.
The great debate
Lively debate topics with a media focus.
Going, going … gone!
An enjoyable, lively and revealing speaking and listening activity. Find out what your students really value in this lifestyle auction.
How we met
A tool for planning and notes to set students up for a gentle speaking and listening activity about their best friend. Ideal for year 7.
Activities based around an animation series that provides plenty of stimulus for possible speaking and listening activities (including drama). Teaching this one's good fun.
Save my dog support - images and structure
PowerPoint which leads pupils through the 'Save My Dog!' persuasive speech lesson. Includes images of the dogs for students to choose from. This resource accompanies resource 4870 'Save my dog!'.
A great whole-class activity investigating and solving a heinous crime. Teacher's notes included.
Crown court simulation
A 'from real life' resource that builds discussion and group work skills as well as developing persuasive speaking. Think between the lines to work out where the truth lies!
Speaking and listening trail map and guide
Suggestions for how to tackle the speaking and listening element of the GCSE course. Includes a list of key Teachit resources and how they might be used.
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My greatest hits
A twist on the traditional autobiography. This is a simple and effective speaking and listening exercise.
Battle of the islands persuasive speech
A group speaking and listening task. Includes a series of group discussion tasks and brief for a speech to persuade the class to join the island gang!
Prom speaking and listening task
Students plan an end of year prom. (Discuss, argue, persuade)
Improve our school
Students discuss and write speeches on how they would spend a special improvement fund.
A simple and effective speaking and listening activity that encourages some really original ideas.
Group work guaranteed to generate lively discussion. Pupils debate which patients should receive funding for live-saving treatment.
Save my dog!
Lovely speaking and listening activity. Vets have to make some difficult decisions - can you persuade them to save your dog? Includes different role-play cards for each 'dog owner'. (Search for 9537 for support materials for this resource.)
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The Whitechapel Homicide: speaking and listening activity
An entertaining Victorian murder mystery role-play, designed to complement the study of Sherlock Holmes stories. A useful and detailed pre-teaching exercise.
How to write a good speech
An advice and planning sheet.
Spend some of the school's money!
Group activity based on a school council debate focused on discuss, argue, persuade.
Magazine role play
Group activity focused on discuss, argue, persuade.
A useful guide sheet on preparing a talk about ambitions and an effective self evaluation exercise.
Speaking and listening assessments: explain, describe, narrate.
A task sheet for a presentation on a great place to visit. Includes marking criteria.
Giving instructions orally and visually
Nice lesson plan for creating a Blue Peter style 'TV make-it'.
3 minute speeches
A task sheet, including ideas for subjects, tips and step by step instructions.
Scheme of work - murder mystery
Pupils become part of a murder mystery, being encouraged to improvise and develop a character whilst trying to solve the crimes occurring around them! (5 pages, including 2 resource sheets).