#KELTChat: But my students don’t speak at all in class (Sunday 8th March, 8pm)

It’s a new month and a new semester (at least here in Korea), which means that #KELTChat is back this Sunday at 8pm (KST) for an hour-long chat, and we want to make some noise!

The topic for the first chat of 2015 is “But my students don’t speak at all in class!” It’s a situation that many teachers have probably faced in their career. You go into the class with the best intentions but no matter what you do, your students just don’t want to speak. This might just be a one-off occurrence with a single class, but other times it is a more persistent problem with a particular group of students.

The focus of this week’s chat will be on what you can do in those situations. Some questions you may like to think about before, during and after are:

  • What is causing the students to remain silent?
  • Does this happen across all age groups/levels or is it just a particular group?
  • Are there particular times of the day, month, semester when this happens more often?
  • What other factors (outside of the classroom/studying a language) might be causing students to be quiet?
  • What have you done in the past to encourage your students to speak more?
  • What success stories have you had encouraging students to speak in class?
  • How important is it for students to actually speak in class?
  • Should we be forcing students to speak if they really don’t want to?
  • What activities/type of activities have you found prompt the students to speak the most?
  • What type of interaction patterns are most effective for encouraging more student talk? Dyads? Groups? Class Discussions?

Perhaps another tangent that the chat might like to take is how to encourage more speaking in traditionally quieter, heads-down activities.

#KELTChat welcomes anyone and everyone to take part, whether you’re in Korea or not.

Topic: #KELTChat: But my students don’t speak at all in class!
When: Sunday 8th March at 8pm (KST) Check your local time here
Where: Twitter

See you all there.

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