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


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.

If you have any other problems, talk to the teacher.

Don’t try to change the curriculum by yourself.

There are other ways to make learning better for all.


Support each other and interact freely





Further Reading:


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

    Jack C. Richards   Cambridge University Press 2008






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