Academic English Needs: Speaking

Use the following table to find out what your academic English language needs for speaking are and your ability in each area. You can then work out your priorities.


How important is it for you to perform these tasks well in English?

How well can you perform these tasks in English?


Not important

Quite important

Very important


Not at all

Not well

Quite well

Very well


1. Asking questions in class


2. Answering questions in class


3. Speaking in groups


4. Speaking and listening


5. Speaking to class (e.g. Reporting results)

6. Givng presentations                

7. Discussing academic problems with staff


8. Discussing personal problems with staff


9. Working with other students


10. Practical speaking (e.g. telephone)


11. Speaking in oral exams


12. Speaking accurately


13. Pronunciation


14. Speaking fluently


15. Other speaking activity (please specify)