Productive Skills: What are They? | Definition and Importance

As a public speaker and a writer, productive skills have been a big part of my life. Productive skills were introduced to me when I was still a student, the reason being it is just part of the English curriculum. As I was young back then, I didn’t care for the topic that my teacher teaches. I just didn’t like learning a language that I already know and can speak well at home. But I was wrong. Productive skills are important. But before that, let’s answer what are productive skills?

The meaning of productive skills is the skills that we use to produce a language. These are skills that we use to show what we want others to know. Productive skills are a means of measuring a person’s proficiency in a language. They include speaking and writing.

As someone who is both a lecturer and blog writer, I had a lot of experience in using productive skills. They are extremely important. Thus, to help students and teachers, I made this article that would define productive skills and give real reasons based on experience on their importance.

What are productive skills?

Productive skills are skills that we use to produce a language. It is what we use to put together the language into something that other people would understand. In short, they are our means of communicating properly with others. Productive skills include writing and speaking skills.

Produce skills are basically one of the things we use to communicate with others.

Productive skills are constructing something in a form of language to tell people.

The goal of productive skills is to let people understand what we want to tell them. To let them understand what we want to tell them.

Thus, productive skills are part of a bigger skill which is communication skills.

Explaining communication skills is important for you to have a deeper understanding of what productive skills are.

Communication skills are usually composed of two types of skills: Productive skills and Receptive skills.

Basically, Productive skills are what we use to produce or to give information to others. Receptive skills are what we use to accept or to understand what others are telling us.

To help you understand further, let me give an example.

The best example I can give right now is right now where you are reading this blog post.

Since you are reading this blog post, you are accepting information from me. The way you understand what I’m talking about is called receptive skills.

The way I am writing this article in hopes that it could be as easily understood as possible is called productive skills. The reason is that I am trying to tell you what I mean.

Thus, to correlate, productive skills are the skills to give information, receptive skills are skills to accept information.

Since productive skills are what we use to tell people, it is a big part of communication.

When we talk about productive skills, there are multiple ways of letting people know the information you want to give them.

But the truth is, productive skills can be divided into only 2 core parts which we will discuss in the next section.

I have made an article about the similarities and differences between productive and receptive skills, I think it is a good addition to reading this article if you’re interested in learning their relationship with each other. Here is the link: What is the difference between productive and receptive skills?

What are the two core productive skills?

The two core productive skills are writing and speaking. Writing and speaking are the main things people use to give information. Thus, they are the main or core productive skills. Productive skills are what we use to provide information to others

Without writing and speaking, a person would have no other ways to provide information to others.

As we’ve seen, productive skills together with receptive skills are the skills that we use to communicate.

The core productive skills are writing and speaking. We use both of these to communicate properly with people.

As you can see, they are the main ones because they are our only means to communicate.

Writing is an activity where a person composes texts in order to communicate with others.

Like what is happening right now, I am writing this article in order to communicate with you. What I am communicating is explaining the two core productive skills.

Another productive skill is speaking.

Speaking is an activity where we articulate words and sentences in order to communicate with others.

Thus, we give information to others in two ways which are the 2 core productive skills. That is writing and speaking. There are only 2 main productive skills simply because they are our only means of giving information to others.

I have made another article discussing receptive skills which is another part of the communication process. If you are interested in the topic, feel free to check it out after for you to have a clear picture of the communication process. Here’s the link: What are receptive skills?

Why are productive skills important?

Productive skills are important because it is what we use to communicate properly with others. The reason is humans are social creatures and communication is part of our daily lives. Furthermore, excellent productive skills allow us to have more career opportunities in the future.

As a student, you might be wondering why do we need to learn productive skills. I understand how it feels like we are just studying things just because our teachers tell them so.

But I promise that you will thank yourself in the future if you take learning these productive skills seriously.

For the teachers who are looking at this post, the reason I’ve included the importance of productive skills here is to give your students a sense of direction.

In my other article discussing why studying is boring, I discussed the importance of knowing why it is important to know the importance of what you’re studying. When we give students a clear reason and real-world applications on why they are studying, the likelihood of forcing them to study would be significantly lower.

If you need more insights on why studying gets boring, you can check that article out to help your students. Here is the link: Why is studying so boring?

Of course, the article is also good for students for you to understand why studying gets boring. But I recommend this article rather than that to help you become a better student: How to Be a Hardworking Student

Here, I have 3 reasons for you to take your studies seriously. It can also be used by teachers to give a student concrete reasons to why they should study productive skills.

1. Productive skills help a person communicate properly

Productive skills are a big part of the communication process.

When we talk to others, we make sure that they would understand what we are saying.

Thus, it is important to learn productive skills in order for us to communicate properly.

Remember that in life, proper communication is always key. The reason being we communicate with others every day either by writing or speaking.

That’s why you should study productivity skills. It is not something that should be taken lightly. If you think that you’re being forced to study just because it is in the curriculum, then you should change your reason to study.

2. Productive skills is a way to measure a person’s proficiency in a language

Even if you’re a native speaker, there are just some words that we don’t know. There are also some things that we find hard to explain.

That is completely normal and studying productive skills helps us explain ourselves better.

One of the importance of productive skills is that they are a good measurement of language proficiency. If you are good at your language, then you can easily explain the things you want others to understand.

This does not only mean knowing as many words as possible, it is also forming sentences that are grammatically correct.

The moment you can properly explain yourself either in speech or text, it is a sign that your productive skills are getting better and better.

Thus, it is a good means of knowing your proficiency in a language.

This can be used by teachers when they give essays or assignments.

And if you are a language teacher, you can use productive skills to properly assess your students if they’re improving or not.

3. Productive skills opens a lot of career opportunities

Productive skills can open a lot of career opportunities for us.

This is especially true in most professions. Let’s say you want to be a doctor, then you need to properly communicate to your patients.

If you want to be an engineer, you need to properly communicate the importance of the foundation of the building you’re planning to others.

For me, I’ve used my productive skills to teach students. Furthermore, I learned productive or writing skills to write blog posts that allow people to understand even the complicated ones.

The reason is one of the main skills you need to develop with productive skill is your ability to explain complicated concepts to others. I’ve learned that especially well when I was teaching.

But what I want you to understand is that most career opportunities require us to speak.

Even being a YouTuber or Streamer requires us to have productive skills. I am saying this because I know most students nowadays have that as their goal.

How would you explain to your viewers what you’re doing or teaching if you don’t have productive skills?

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As you can see, your dream job as a student would most likely require productive skills. Making them important. Thus, you need to build this skill as early as possible.

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Recommended Books

The next thing is books. Books are, for me, one of the cheapest ways to get invaluable information. We can learn personal development, finance, career, relationships, and many more from books.

Here, I will be listing my favorite books in different categories.

  1. For Beginners7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey – Personal development has a lot of concepts and ideas to learn. Thus it can be really hard for beginners to know where to start. Thus, I recommend this book since all the basic concepts of personal development are here(except finance, check what I recommended for that)
  2. ProductivityThe One Thing by Gary Keller – This book teaches us the power of focusing on one thing which is the ultimate source of productivity. The concepts taught are what I am using to constantly publish YouTube videos while maintaining this website.
  3. Busy?Make Time by Jack Knapp – This book teaches us how to make time for the things we love. The concept is really simple but I think that makes it a book worth reading.
  4. HealthLifespan by Dr.Sinclair – This Book teaches about the latest scientific research on lifespan. In his book, he has shared numerous things he is doing to slow down his aging process. This can be as easy as eating less which he recommends.
  5. FinanceThe Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason – Perhaps one of the first books I’ve read about Finance, this book for me is the best if we are talking about learning basic finance such as basic saving and investing. The concepts are very simple but effective.


Take this advice as a grain of salt.

I don’t recommend buying Audiobooks one by one. I mean, audiobooks can be quickly finished by listening while working out or doing some mindless tasks.

So here is to save you some money. Just go for a monthly subscription to Audible. I believe that you will save a lot of money with that plus, they usually give freebies to anyone starting.

My Audiobook Recommendation will always be the same as my book recommendations, but I personally like The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins. I like how she is so casual while reading her book.

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