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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)
C) A trip abroad (tell your story/interact with other students/Q and A format)
D) 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 (numbers/playing cards/class list)
B) Allow students to choose their own question/questions
C) Give each student enough time to express their ideas in full (no time limits)
D) Encourage interaction as students take turns:
1) Assign a question-maker to each turn-taker
2) Advise students to raise hands when they think of a question
3) Use random selection to prompt students to make questions
Suggestion Three: General
Anyone can ask a question, give an opinion, or share an experience at any time.
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.
Support each other and interact freely
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 ˇ°fossilizationˇ± or ˇ°feeling stuckˇ±
as the difficulty of improving your level of language at certain stages in your development.