TLW Lesson Suggestions

 

 

          Manners of Speaking and Active Communication

 

 

Suggestion One:  Beginning of Class

 

Ask your students as a group if any of them would like to share a story

from the previous day/week including the following:

 

A) A family trip or gathering (weekend/one-day)

 

B) A restaurant or shopping experience (recommend a place to the class)

 

C) Other (personal story/something in the news/classroom issues)

 

Suggestion Two: Class Routine

 

Follow the curriculum and assigned topics from the book (printable) or website:

 

A) Use random selection for turn-taking (numbers/playing cards/class list)

 

B) Allow students the opportunity to choose their own question/questions

 

C) Give each student enough time to express their ideas in full

 

D) Encourage interaction as students take turns:

      1) Assign a question-maker to each turn-taker

      2) Advise all students to raise their hands when they want to participate

      3) Use random selection (“A” above) to prompt students to participate

 

Suggestion Three: Advice to Students

 

A) Try to speak clearly and loudly enough for your classmates to understand

 

B) Try to make eye contact with other students while you speak

 

C) Try to answer the question and be aware of going off topic

 

D) Encourage interaction with others as you take your turn

 

If you feel you have less talking time than other students

you can prepare questions related to the assigned topic

ahead of class by making notes in your book/notebook or

you can prepare a “story” and volunteer at the beginning of class.

 

Support each other and interact freely

 

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Further Reading:

 

1) Beyond the Plateau: From Intermediate to Advanced Levels in Language Learning

    Jack C. Richards   Cambridge University Press 2008

 

~ This article explores the problem of “fossilization” or “feeling stuck”

as the difficulty of improving your level of language at certain stages in your develop

 

 

 

 

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