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
1) Beyond the Plateau: From Intermediate to Advanced Levels in Language Learning
Jack C. Richards Cambridge University Press 2008
“Honor your mistakes, they will lead to learning...
Through this learning, more mistakes will be made…
Through this process, mistakes are no longer mistakes…
They become the act of learning.”
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