#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.

#KELTchat Slowburn 2 (Tuesday 26th November, 10am-10pm (GMT +9)

Hi team,

We at #keltchat towers thought that the last #KELTChat Slowburn was a bit of a success. Many of you dropped by to add their opinion throughout the day, and I hope that you all manged to take something away from it too. Whatever happened, we hope you’ll agree that it was good fun, and with that in mind, we hope you’ll join us for Slowburn 2! If you have no idea of what we’re talking about at this point, a recap of the Slowburn concept is below.

Slowburn 2 takes place on Tuesday 26th November, starting at 10am Korea time (GMT +9) and finishing at 10pm.

This week we’re going with a more ‘traditional’ topic:

“Why is there a gap between classroom learning and spontaneous conversation and what can we do about it inside or outside the classroom?” 
As a basic example: Students in Korea spend years learning grammar and sentence structure, but still produce sentences like “I park in play.” What can we do to help them practice and automatize correct (or at least comprehensible) English? 

Any thoughts, responses or opinions on the above topic are very welcome. Just throw them into the mix, or find a tweet that interests you and reply. If you get sidetracked that’s good! The advantage of Slowburn is that we have time to explore tangents. Any contributions are very much welcomed, whether you participate in the chat for one tweet or twelve hours (though we don’t recommend that you do all twelve hours for the sake of you and your loved ones’ sanity).

The concept

The concept of Slowburn is very similar to the original #KELTChat one hour Twitter chats. We will set a topic (see below) and encourage people to tweet their thoughts about it using the #KELTChat hashtag. This time, however, the chat will take place over 12 hours rather than one, allowing people to dip in and out, think and the discussion to diverge in more interesting ways. We also hope that this will allow more people in Korea to play a part, as well as taking in most other time zones.

If this sounds like your kind of thing, but you’re not really sure how to go about it, click the “about and how” tab above for a link to a handy guide. There is also a quick guide here. Friendly advice is also always available at the #KELTChat facebook group, or in the comments section below.

We hope you’ll enjoy #KELTChat slowburn. See you all on Tuesday.

The #KELTChat team

#KELTChat Preview – 10th September 2013, 9pm

Welcome to the first #KELTChat preview of the new semester. It feels like it’s been a long time since I wrote one of these, so I hope I can remember how to do it. “Practical ideas for teaching speaking” was the poll-winning topic. I’m not sure how much explanation this really needs, but if we’re on the practical side then you might like to share the following:

  • Tasks (if you’re into that kind of thing)
  • Activities (if you’re not)
  • Seating arrangements
  • Skills (conversational ones? pragmatic ones?)
  • How to motivate students to speak
  • Teaching techniques
  • Materials
  • Anything else

The chat takes place on Twitter from 9pm on Tuesday 10th September. Just run a search for #keltchat, and add the same hashtag to your own tweets in order to contribute. If you need any help, please send me a tweet or ask on the Facebook group.

See you on Twitter!

Alex G (@breathyvowel)