Speaking is often the most neglected EFL/ESL skill because many teachers either think fluent speech will come naturally later on or else they feel they should teach grammar and build vocabulary before starting ‘speaking lessons’. I believe that speaking should be the basic part of any EFL/ESL course from the very first day. After all, why do we want to learn a foreign language, if not to speak it? Yet because we often over-emphasize grammar and vocabulary acquisition before encouraging our students to use the language, students’ speaking skills fall behind. Here are 30 awesome speaking activities that need little preparation, can be easily adapted to various levels and needs of your students and can be used in the main part of your lesson or for just the last few minutes.