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Teaching Low levels to speak

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Marisa_C 2019-11-13T18:56:18 Our weekly #ELTchat starts in a few minutes. This week's topic was proposed by @SueAnnan and we hope you will join… https://t.co/QfJJAGs2Od
SueAnnan 2019-11-13T19:03:22 Hello Everyone #eltchat
Marisa_C 2019-11-13T19:07:12 Hi there @SueAnnan #ELTchat
Marisa_C 2019-11-13T19:07:49 I am everyone for the time being :-D #ELTchat
SueAnnan 2019-11-13T19:09:04 My problem is that low level students need to speak, but there is very little material out there to scaffold their conversations #eltchat
tesolmatthew 2019-11-13T19:10:12 @Marisa_C @SueAnnan Great topic and I happen to be up at 2am b/c impeachment live (weee) but I must get 4ish hrs of… https://t.co/piumuynjeS
Marisa_C 2019-11-13T19:11:07 @SueAnnan Agree #eltchat and coursebooks tend to have very little by way of speaking ANYway
Marisa_C 2019-11-13T19:11:46 @tesolmatthew @SueAnnan Hya!!!! Great to see your face around these parts after so long #eltchat
SueAnnan 2019-11-13T19:12:00 @Marisa_C But even material made for speaking doesn't address the issue #eltchat
ddeubel 2019-11-13T19:14:17 #ELTchat Simple surveys are always  a hit. Report back to the class.
Marisa_C 2019-11-13T19:15:37 Anyway I think the simplest and easiest thing to start with are questionnaires and surveys - great minds @ddeubel -… https://t.co/Qznesj84G2
Marisa_C 2019-11-13T19:16:56 to avoid turning them into grammarspeak, we can try to combine questions revising language and building on new expresions #eltchat
ddeubel 2019-11-13T19:17:22 I also like using the very democratic inside - outside circle technique. If room is small, can do this in two facin… https://t.co/Kkn5buPVfl
SueAnnan 2019-11-13T19:18:01 @ddeubel Something like a speed dating line? Nice #eltchat
ddeubel 2019-11-13T19:18:24 Key with yls especially is focusing on each other, info. gap type to learn about each other's lives. Curiosity gets… https://t.co/ZiPSFqEXg1
Marisa_C 2019-11-13T19:18:40 @ddeubel And the speed dating idea works well too #eltchat even some simple questions about e.g. work related exper… https://t.co/Xi9lSECBb3
Marisa_C 2019-11-13T19:19:14 @SueAnnan @ddeubel yes that's the idea #eltchat
ddeubel 2019-11-13T19:19:54 @SueAnnan Yes. common technique for content/subject classes. I describe it here ... https://t.co/aH7VuliO4U  Can be… https://t.co/VgckuCY6rE
Marisa_C 2019-11-13T19:20:41 Another idea is to give them a dialogue scenario and lots of words and ask them to ceate the dialogue #eltchat - af… https://t.co/SHyVZjgdKb
SueAnnan 2019-11-13T19:20:55 @ddeubel The problem is that many of the Ls are French and don't have any interest in each other #eltchat
ddeubel 2019-11-13T19:21:45 Another focus for beginners should be flashcards. So many activities for them to promote speaking in the class - ca… https://t.co/0Q17ENW9xl
SueAnnan 2019-11-13T19:22:09 @ddeubel Please do. #eltchat
Marisa_C 2019-11-13T19:22:29 @SueAnnan @ddeubel I think we also underestimate the role and important of repetition - e.g. story retold from a di… https://t.co/U4n1y7ahgI
SueAnnan 2019-11-13T19:23:49 @Marisa_C @ddeubel That sounds do-able #eltchat But keeping it up for two hours is hard work #ELTchat and then you… https://t.co/crgyGTZvTg
Marisa_C 2019-11-13T19:23:50 and cards with words or images for story dominoes like in Hadfield's book 'Fairy tale dominoes" and Sci-FI; dominoes #eltchat
SueAnnan 2019-11-13T19:24:39 @Marisa_C I made a set of those with coloured pics, but the students don't have the vocabulary to use them #eltchat
Marisa_C 2019-11-13T19:24:52 @SueAnnan @ddeubel may be we should write a wee book of early speaking activities :-) #eltchat I have a few ready
ddeubel 2019-11-13T19:25:05 @Marisa_C @SueAnnan Yes. And young learners really love retelling funny stories, jokes are perfect. #ELTchat
ddeubel 2019-11-13T19:25:13 @SueAnnan Well do an interest survey and find their sweet spot maybe? #ELTchat
SueAnnan 2019-11-13T19:25:28 @Marisa_C @ddeubel I wish someone would. I've been scratching my head for weeks #eltchat
Marisa_C 2019-11-13T19:25:57 @SueAnnan https://t.co/p1nrGNtFpI is fun or your own picture karaoke #eltchat
SueAnnan 2019-11-13T19:26:10 @ddeubel @Marisa_C Mine are adults/ young adults #eltchat
ddeubel 2019-11-13T19:27:02 Like guided writing, guided speaking is a strong technique. Blank dialogues structured so learners can insert their… https://t.co/uXUBrW8HX8
ddeubel 2019-11-13T19:31:21 @SueAnnan @Marisa_C #ELTchat  Here are also some simple survey card blanks. Students fill in with contrasting thing… https://t.co/WQnYMhsPRy
Marisa_C 2019-11-13T19:33:49 @ddeubel @SueAnnan that's a lot of nice material and can be used very flexibly for a variety of activities and levels #eltchat
Marisa_C 2019-11-13T19:36:53 Simple speaking activities has a few nice ideas https://t.co/X2Xmaw8sY1 #eltchat and lots of sites seem to have activities
ddeubel 2019-11-13T19:37:40 @Marisa_C @SueAnnan Folktales are universal and enable students to focus on the language, not the content. Lots of… https://t.co/P93BAX417n
SueAnnan 2019-11-13T19:38:00 I had a look on https://t.co/sk8g5Zfz6f too. But they don't have a huge amount of stuff at the level I was looking for #eltchat
ddeubel 2019-11-13T19:40:19 @SueAnnan That's a common problem with curriculum providers. Dearth of strong beginner content. I've been focusing… https://t.co/AIBQAQ1cz8
ddeubel 2019-11-13T19:42:01 Role plays we shouldn't need to mention. Also backdoor video watching. Students describe to a student what is happe… https://t.co/bY78ZTPBll
SueAnnan 2019-11-13T19:42:43 @ddeubel Thanks a million#eltchat
Marisa_C 2019-11-13T19:43:03 @ddeubel me too pls - happy to review your site #eltchat
ddeubel 2019-11-13T19:46:10 @Marisa_C Sure just sign up and I'll find you. You'll get a message notification once I upgrade you. Happy to give… https://t.co/TagP7Y9E6l
ddeubel 2019-11-13T19:47:23 This book of flashcards has explanations on how to use each set for speaking.  Good for low levels. #ELTchat… https://t.co/aXa0OsWA3M
Marisa_C 2019-11-13T19:49:47 @ddeubel I'll sign up later over Christmas when I will have a bit of time to explore - thanks! #eltchat
ddeubel 2019-11-13T19:51:50 Describe and draw along with many 2 way tasks is also a classic for lower levels. Choose the pictures well.  #ELTchat
Marisa_C 2019-11-13T19:52:23 #eltchat  great to know thanks https://t.co/lyidxQ6OXQ
ddeubel 2019-11-13T19:53:10 @HelenJaneGrady @Marisa_C Thanks Helen. It's a work in progress and of love. Small team, remote. Voiceover readers… https://t.co/S6Njy3bXfZ
Marisa_C 2019-11-13T19:54:15 @ddeubel @HelenJaneGrady That is an issue - good idea - can overwhelm #eltchat
HelenJaneGrady 2019-11-13T19:54:27 @Marisa_C @SueAnnan I’m just on way home from my “ pre- entry” class . Still getting used to how much repetition at… https://t.co/9b0GtiRbuf
SueAnnan 2019-11-13T19:55:56 @HelenJaneGrady @Marisa_C Well done you. I find it really hard #ELTchat I prefer students who can communicate  already
ddeubel 2019-11-13T19:56:55 One thing MUST mention is to be sensitive to having students speak too early. Should focus on input and understandi… https://t.co/vHFHGzZNwd
ddeubel 2019-11-13T19:58:21 @HelenJaneGrady @Marisa_C @SueAnnan Yes. True.  And though drills are much maligned, can also be used if done well. #ELTchat
SueAnnan 2019-11-13T19:59:22 @ddeubel For sure. We have a policy of making our PM lessons communication-based. I find it hard to come up with ad… https://t.co/QsB5lH7Gji
SueAnnan 2019-11-13T20:00:26 Thanks for the #ELTchat we are now going into slow burn mode, so feel free to continue adding stuff. See you all again soon #eltchat
savvy_be 2019-11-13T20:00:50 Desert vs. Dessert https://t.co/L4DYWUaBqK #ell #elt #engchat #eltchat #ESL #EAP #edchat #twinglish #elemed… https://t.co/Jdq4v2LbRI
HelenJaneGrady 2019-11-13T20:01:13 @Marisa_C My absolute favourite is a wheel of fortune with question words on ( simple PowerPoint slide) have to for… https://t.co/mKMSm7ZarJ
ddeubel 2019-11-13T20:05:09 @HelenJaneGrady @Marisa_C Also focuses on an important skill to teach early ... how to form/make questions #eltchat
ddeubel 2019-11-13T20:06:28 I use the scenarios at the end of this thesis when I teacher train (modified).  Gets teachers challenging their bel… https://t.co/IRf8F8oBUz
ambartosik 2019-11-14T14:37:25 @ddeubel @HelenJaneGrady @Marisa_C @SueAnnan There are many language chunks that can be memorized to make communica… https://t.co/9BkMSZyDLe
ddeubel 2019-11-14T17:53:20 Yesterday's #ELTchat  was about teaching speaking to lower level learners.  Here in this blog post I share some sce… https://t.co/fthmBl9LkI


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