Who of us is Guilty of Talking Too Much in Our Language and English Classes? Show Your Hand!


So, during my doctoral program, I learned that the average talking time of students in language classes is less than four minutes.  Unfortunately, I cannot remember where this was stated but I never forget the number.   As a teacher trainer, I observed and checked for student language use in many, many classrooms and my worst fears were realized.  In almost every case, teachers talk too much!  Read more about this topic in  English teachers, are you talking too much in class? at https://www.britishcouncil.org/voices-magazine/english-teachers-are-you-talking-too-much-class?utm_source=BC_TE_Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=voices


Communicative Competence: Creating Speaking Activities Grounded in Pedagogical Research, Video Presentation


A great review of the main pedagogical models of communicative competence and a practical example in Language Assessment 1 – Developing a Speaking Assessment 

Presentation/Video: Self-directed Learning in the EFL Classroom




Lara Portelli, inspired by Sugata Mitra’s TED talk, Children can teach themselves, draws upon further research and practice to encourage teachers to bring learning technologies into the classroom.

Lara’s research and ideas suggest that teachers can provide new frameworks for channelling self-directed learning models into the classroom in order to forge more flexible teacher-student dynamics and to enhance learning.

EFL/ELT Teachers: Inductive and deductive grammar teaching: what is it, and does it work?


A little refresher, anyone?  Read more at https://oupeltglobalblog.com/2015/04/24/inductive-and-deductive-grammar-teaching/

English/Language Teaching: A Different Way of Approaching Instruction


Allowing learners to be c0-teachers allows them a new level of interaction with content.  Read more about this here in Five Ways To Make All Students Into Lead Learners (Teachers) at https://changingislearning.blogspot.com/2017/07/five-ways-to-make-all-students-into.html?m=1&utm_content=buffer65a39&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The Research On Comprehensible Input


Interesting reading for language professionals:  The Case for Comprehensible Input

at https://www.languagemagazine.com/2017/07/case-for-comprehension/

ELT and Language Teaching: More on Krashen’s Comprehensible Input Theory


Read The Case for Comprehensible Input at https://www.languagemagazine.com/2017/07/case-for-comprehension/#%2EWW-4_wreE1c%2Elinkedin

One of the essential pedagogy considerations in language classrooms!

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