ERIC Number: ED267638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov-9
Reference Count: 0
Double Cloze: An Activity for the Student Centered Classroom.
A double cloze activity, designed to use the cloze procedure to create a realistic context for the exchange of information in the classroom, uses two versions of the same text with different words deleted in each. The administration of the double cloze can be divided into four parts. First, the students listen twice to a reading or recording of the untouched text, and fill in the blank spaces in their text copies. Students are paired so that each student in a pair has a different version of the text. They are given a second handout that outlines phrases for the functions they have learned in class, such as asking for information, clarification, or affirmation. While not allowed to look at each other's papers, the students use the phrases on their handouts to seek information from their partners, varying the phrases to reflect a variety of speaker/listener relationships suggested by the teacher. It is preferred that students not look at the phrases while speaking them. This exchange can be followed up with group discussion or guided questions. In this activity, teachers are free to provide individualized instruction while students practice, the time spent actively speaking the language is maximized, students are not threatened by the situation, realistic communicative exchange takes place, and students are motivated. Some examples of double cloze activities are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Midwest Regional Conference of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (Omaha, NE, Nov 9, 1985).