Improving English Speaking Ability with a Coursebook, Can-Do Statements and Student Presentations

By Ritsuko Tatsumi (English Teacher) & Emmanuell McBryde (Assistant Language Teacher) from a public senior high school, Osaka

At our high school, we've been able to roughly match the national average scores for reading, listening and writing, in the national aptitude research run by MEXT. For speaking, however, where the national average is 5.7 (out of 14) we achieved a score of 11.7. We're very pleased with that. But how did we do it?