ERIC Number: ED296610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Communication, Pairing, and Evaluation.
Scott, Elizabeth Sullivan; Watts, Sharon M.
Three classroom activities for development of second language conversation skills are described. First, each student keeps a "talk workbook" for use in an exercise in which pairs of students record their brief conversations according to specific guidelines. The workbook enhances student awareness of the importance of the conversation, illustrates student progress in vocabulary development, indicates students' extra work, if any, and records conversational activity in the classroom for the teacher. Second, students record their speech each quarter of the first and second year of instruction. Each student's recording consists of a prescribed text containing an alphabet, number sequence, and tongue twisters, and a dialogue of his own creation. The tape assignment stresses the importance of oral skills, aids in objective evaluation, allows the teacher to give written feedback on pronunciation, and provides a quarterly comparison of oral ability. Finally, the teacher provides a series of "speaking stations" in the classroom, each requiring less than five minutes to visit and assigns specific students to each station each day. At the stations, students respond to oral skill challenges described on cards. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Denver, CO, April 1988).