I've read a lot about the speaking skills of pupils not being good enough (I think Ofsted moaned about it in a publication). Indeed, I teach some year 9s and year 11s who can't get really basic sounds of French correct. On the other hand, how find speaking tasks hard to manage. A few keen ones will have, for example, done the role 4 times before some have muttered a word in the target language. When I sneak up on certain groups, they'll be asking eachother the questions in English or chatting about Glee. While I'm running around trying to "police" the activity I don't actually get much chance to hear everyone properly. And of course that pair that have already done it 4 times are bored now or completed the questions for the rest of the lesson. If I get people to talk in pairs/groups to the class they obviously would get bored after a few groups... How do you make speaking tasks work for you to help them to improve pronunciation and confidence?