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ERIC Number: ED272667
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Language Learning and Dialogue Construction in ESL. From Theory to Practice.
Boyd, Joshua
Adult Literacy and Basic Education, v8 n2 insert 1984
Memorization and recitation of dialogues are an important part of English as a second language (ESL) courses. However, if the goal of using dialogues is to promote free conversation, the practice of reciting dialogues must entail more than the rote memorization of another's thoughts. Therefore, the talk-and-listen method is a good technique for practicing dialogue without causing undue boredom in the adult basic education ESL classroom. The key features of the talk-and-listen method are as follows: dialogue is not memorized; learners become familiar with the vocabulary; the teacher introduces the context and models pronunciation of sentences; learners practice in pairs; the speaker in each group looks at a line of dialogue, looks up at the listener, and speaks; and the listener must keep his or her eyes on the speaker while he or she is speaking. (MN)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A