By TTT I mean teacher talk time of course! For this week’s teaching tip, I would like to share with you a few tips on how to reduce the amount of time in the lesson you, as the teacher, spend speaking. Why is it important to reduce your TTT? Well, as I always say, it is my students (not me) who need to improve their English. Therefore, they need as much speaking practice time in class as possible :).
Here are a few ideas:
- Student talking time (STT) should be around 75 % of the class. Plan your classes taking this into consideration. a class which is not previously planned is likely to have an excessive amount of teacher talking time.
- Have your students do plenty of pair and group work. Monitor students’ performance by discreetly circulating among them while they are working, and assisting them when necessary.
- Use body language whenever possible. It is amazing how much you can reduce your TTT by using a simple gesture in place of a verbal explanation.
- Have students read the instructions for textbook activities and model the examples if any instead of you.
- Listen to your students patiently and attentively. Resist the temptation of interrupting them while they are talking. Also, after you ask a question count to 10 before you say anything. Don’t be afraid of long pauses because this will give students enough time to think and formulate a response.
- Provide your students with enough support language when they engage in discussions and role plays. Prepare posters of common A/B dialog sentence structures. The students can refer to them while doing group and pair work. This will lessen the amount of support/nudging during group/pair work and increases the amount students talk!
- Let your students be teachers once in a while. We can also learn from them!
Have any other ideas? Feel free to share them in the comments!
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