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Posted on September 19, 2012 3:53 am
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Robert Hafez
Robert Hafez
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How to get ESL students talking
1.Teach in a conversational style, not in a typical teacher-student lecture style.

2.Make each lesson fulfill a practical learning goal that pinpoints a task they need to carry out in everyday life. For example, shopping at the grocery store.

3.Take the student on outings to actual places and ask them to watch you engage in an appropriate conversation in English. For example, asking the produce manager at the grocery store if they have organic pineapple.

4.After taking the student on an outing, bring them back to the classroom and role play the various conversation patterns that are useful in that situation.

5.Give action homework where students are required to speak English in order to complete the assignment. For example, fill out a library card application at the local library.

6.Correct the student's pronunciation and practice with them on a regular basis.

7.Organize group meetings with several students and have them interact as part of the lesson.
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Comments posted for this Tip: 10

Rachel Ressler
Rachel Ressler
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I think the best way to get an ESL student talking would be to keep the conversation casual. Saying hello, them saying hello back. Or making a game out of it like saying ola and he says hello. Where I speak a Spanish word and he responds in English. Something to help break the ice and get them interested in using their voice.
  Posted on: October 15, 2012 5:19 pm

Chelsea
Chelsea
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I agree that the best way to get ESL students to open up is to keep the conversation casual and relevant. If students can relate to the material, it is more likely that they will give their input. Also, I think it is important to establish your classroom as a comfortable environment, that way all students feel safe and open to one another.
  Posted on: October 18, 2014 10:46 pm

JepyBe
JepyBe
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I am an ESOL teacher and I have my students teach me one word a week using the same format that I use to teach the students their vocabulary. It helps them see that I am also learning and am not perfect in my learning, so we can learn together. They get more comfortable trying to talk.
  Posted on: October 18, 2014 10:49 pm

Jen
Jen
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This is definitely something to keep in mind.
  Posted on: February 25, 2015 7:01 pm

PumuMu
PumuMu
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Thank you, I agree with you
  Posted on: October 13, 2015 6:33 pm

eSyTyt
eSyTyt
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These are great tips to keep in mind.
  Posted on: October 16, 2015 1:17 am

nydyra
nydyra
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I think everyday activities are useful but taking the students to a grocery seems unrealistic. (lol) Good points, overall! As you point out, real life conversation and interaction is seemingly more helpful, and comfortable, than strict grammar.
  Posted on: October 17, 2015 8:19 am

yseHug
yseHug
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I think having the students do homework that is required to be in English is a great idea for many reasons. It will help improve their understanding, and if they come across words they don't know they can just look them up. When I look up words in the dictionary, it is the best way for me to remember.
  Posted on: October 18, 2015 4:29 am

aDuZyJ
aDuZyJ
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Keeping conversations causal, simple and safe might help.
  Posted on: March 6, 2017 4:22 am

ysyByg
ysyByg
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These seem like good ideas that will help this situation.
  Posted on: October 8, 2017 11:10 pm

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