I have written before that taxi drivers in South Korea probably ascribe a much greater degree of Korean fluency to me than I actually possess. This is because I tend to take at least my fair share of taxis here, and the kind of small talk interaction that takes place in taxis is fairly predictable. Thus, I’ve had a good amount of repetition of “taxi Korean”, and I handle these situations much more confidently and fluently than other, less familiar interactions.
This is generally not lost on language teaching theory, where we know that vocabulary learning requires multiple reviews of and encounters with a word. The world of Task-based Teaching and Learning research abounds with studies into the effects of task repetition on accuracy, complexity and fluency. However, at least in my classroom, the pressures of the syllabus, exams and the need to be seen to be progressing sometimes means that I don’t spend as much time as I should going over old material.
If this also rings true for you, #KELTChat is here to help. During the chat we might look at any of the following questions, or any other questions that you bring:
- How much repetition, reviewing and recycling do you do in your classroom? How do you go about it?
- How can we carve out space for a little R&R(&R)?
- How can we help students to see the benefit of repetition and review, when all they want to do is rush on to the next piece of language?
- How much is repetition and review the job of the teacher, and how much is the student responsible for?
- What techniques have you heard of for repetition and review that you’d like to try?
- Is there any technology out there that could help teachers and students?
- Is there anything about repetition and reviewing that we need to condsider that is particularly relevant to Korea?
We will try to tackle all of this, and more, at 8pm Korea time on Sunday 1st June 2014. If you would like to take part but don’t know how, see the guides at the top of the page, or ask someone who looks like they know what’s up via Twitter or our Facebook group.