For a discussion class,should a teacher give the topic in advance or just at the beginning of the class? Should the students be prepared for speaking or should they improvise?
I think the best way to plan for a conversation class is to get to understand the students first. You should get a feel for the class by starting out with plans that focus on everyone getting to know each other. Then go from there and develop an understanding of who is in your class. The so-called "syllabus" or preplanned idea, does not work, though it may be what the administrators want to see on paper. Forget what's on paper on go with your instincts and intuition. Do what you think is best in your mind and in your heart.
Syllabus is a term that ought to be eliminated from the ESL or EFL dialog. The term "course outline" is much more appropriate.
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As the title suggests, a FREE discussion is an exchange of information about a topic which is chosen by the unanimous agreement of those involved in the discussion.
But we deal with students in classrooms not professional commentators.
The propose of holding such discussions is the only factor that can answer your question:
If the free discussions are only meant to develop social and interpersonal skills, language
is subordinated to group interaction. In this case, the discussion serves as a stimulating and motivating factor limited to psychological and behavioral proposes.
However, if the free discussion is included in the curriculum of the institute as a criterion based on which you have to score the students and the focus of class is language in the right sense of the word, then itís the wisest policy to encourage the students to prepare themselves before attending the class.
You know how difficult it would for the poor students to try to stammer something about a topic about which they have no iota of information.
Methods of teaching influenced by humanistic psychology propose that anxiety and tension should be minimized as much as possible so that learning will be enhanced by a sense of security. After all, such classrooms seem to be promisingly active.