Teaching Spoken English in the Austrian Classroom

  • Sabine Wallner PH Niederoesterreich

Abstract

Teaching spoken English in lower secondary education has officially gained importance since the new curriculum in 2008. This paper attempts to shed light on what characterizes real speaking tasks. Additionally, it discusses whether the course books, which are considered the secret syllabus, manage to live up to their reputations. It is the result of an analytic research process investigating the activities suggested in Austrian course books and to what extent teachers make use of them.Moreover, it provides a list of speaking activities for teaching a foreign language, collected after a thorough investigation of the literature referring to this particular topic. The collection of speaking activities describes their features and contains information about their communicativeness.Zusammenfassung:Das Unterrichten der Kompetenz Sprechen im Fremdsprachenunterricht der Sekundarstufe 1 hat seit dem neuen Lehrplan in 2008 offiziell an Bedeutung zugenommen. Dieser Artikel ist ein Versuch, Merkmale für lebensnahe und kommunikative Sprechanlässe im Fremdsprachenunterricht zu definieren. Weiters wird untersucht, ob Englisch Lehrwerke, die oft als heimlicher Lehrplan gehandelt werden, ihren Aufgaben gerecht werden. Der Schwerpunkt der Studie liegt auf der Analyse der Sprechanlässe, die in den Lehrbüchern angeregt werden, und deren Verwendung durch Lehrerinnen und Lehrer im Unterricht.Darüber hinaus wird eine Sammlung von Sprechanlässen angeboten, die sowohl Aufschluss über Art und Ausmaß der Kommunikation geben soll, als auch Vorteile und Herausforderungen kommentiert, die mit diesen Aufgaben einhergehen.

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2014-10-15
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