How do you engage your students speaking in English?
How would you describe a lesson in which your students are to practise ordering things in a café, using a recorded dialogue as a model?
If our aim is to make our learners develop speaking skills, it’s important to create a lesson where all our learners have the opportunity to speak and express themselves.
This is why I prefer learner-centred lessons!
Here are some reasons for making a lesson more learner-centred:
- It involves the class and keeps their attention.
- It increases motivation.
- It gives more chance for learners to speak English: it increases ‘student talking time’ (STT) and reduces ‘teacher talking time’ (TTT).
- It encourages learners to work more autonomously, so they are less dependent on the teacher.
- It encourages learners to cooperate and help each other.
This is a list of activities you can use at the begining of the lesson:
- brainstorming about the topic or the vocabulary
- the odd one out!
- describe the picture
- what would you do if…?
- talk about your own experience!
- watch the video and say what is about.