chapter  10
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Teaching productive skills: speaking and writing

Until the mid 1980s, writing, for instance in the form of translations, dictations and essay writing, as well as reading, tended to predominate in FL teaching, certainly in UK Secondary school classrooms. Since then, multi-skill approaches, in which no one skill is taught discretely, have become the norm. The use of terminology such as ‘respond’, ‘react’, ‘summarise’ in the curriculum guidance and examination specifications encourages the integration of skills.