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We've all been there before, as a student or as the teacher: the teacher finishes talking about a topic and then "broadcasts" a question to the whole group. What happens next? Often, nothing. Nada. Crickets. A whole herd of deer in headlights. And then after that initial uncomfortable time-span, what then? Usually anywhere from two to five students raise their hands to participate. The others just sit there. Are these other students thinking about the topic, but just n
Many students have difficulty in taking longer turns in conversation. This article investigates the nature of these skills and considers the problems students may have in acquiring them.
ESL classroom activity to get students speaking in English while describibg famous characters.
Listening in the foreign language is the most difficult skill for most learners. Here are some suggestions for improving those listening skills, and recommendations for foreign language learning programs.
Speaking and listening skills are closely intertwined. Obviously, in any form of verbal communication, one party engages in speaking while the other does the listening or vice versa. However, the link between perception (listening) and production (speaking) is still not entirely clear. Listening can be seen as a more difficult skill to master than speaking.
Confusables Words that sound alike or nearly alike but have different meanings often cause writers and speakers trouble. Here are a few of the most common pairs with correct definitions and examples: