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    Question sophisticated teachers, help!

    Greetings to you all dear teachers!

    I'm searching to know more about a more efficient way for reinforcing conversational skills of intermediate EFL students. Is it possible to consider discussion itself as a productive and less time-consuming way of teaching -or boosting- such skills?

    Have you done that before? How have you found it?

    Your kind answers or even comments would be real of help...

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: sophisticated teachers, help!

    Getting intermediate students to converse confidently and happily in English is a useful thing, so I would say that discussion itself can be very productive.

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    Re: sophisticated teachers, help!

    Thanks! I wish more teachers could share their findings and their divergent experience here! May be the topic that I chose was not a brilliant one!

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    Re: sophisticated teachers, help!

    They will.

    One risk with overusing discussion is that people think they're not being taught anything, though.

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    Re: sophisticated teachers, help!

    Yes I think real conversations are a useful too. Not only am I an ESL teacher but am learning Spanish and nothing reinforces the language better than real conversations. Good luck

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    Re: sophisticated teachers, help!

    Hi, not only am I an ESL teacher, but I am also studying Spanish and find that reinforcing what I have learned in class and books, through the use of real conversations is highly beneficial. Good luck.

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    Re: sophisticated teachers, help!

    One way that is useful is to bring newspaper clippings into class. Pass them out to students. Have one student come to the board and write down words they don't know from the article. Then read them the article out loud and ask them to listen. Define words they don't know on the board. Write down simple questions they can ask each other. Then have them get into pairs and ask and answer questions about what they heard you read out loud.

    After they finish, give each one a copy of the article. Ask them to read it more carefully and make a few questions about it to ask another partner. Then ask them to get into pairs again and ask each other questions about the article.

    Then after they finish, ask the group to compare the two experiences. Usually they have a much easier time speaking after they have read the article first, not only after hearing the teacher read it out loud to them. The first exercise helps them listen better while the second lets them become aware of the mistakes they made the first time, from listening.
    It is a very compelling exercise and helps students learn about their own difficulties.
    Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimfuji View Post
    One way that is useful is to bring newspaper clippings into class. Pass them out to students. Have one student come to the board and write down words they don't know from the article. Then read them the article out loud and ask them to listen. Define words they don't know on the board. Write down simple questions they can ask each other. Then have them get into pairs and ask and answer questions about what they heard you read out loud.

    After they finish, give each one a copy of the article. Ask them to read it more carefully and make a few questions about it to ask another partner. Then ask them to get into pairs again and ask each other questions about the article.

    Then after they finish, ask the group to compare the two experiences. Usually they have a much easier time speaking after they have read the article first, not only after hearing the teacher read it out loud to them. The first exercise helps them listen better while the second lets them become aware of the mistakes they made the first time, from listening.
    It is a very compelling exercise and helps students learn about their own difficulties.
    Good Luck!

    Thanks. I'll try it with no doubt! but I suppose that newspaper articles may not be beneficial to those with the conversational purpose, what do you think about doing such a task with some original listening and making use of scripts instead of the clips?

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