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ERIC Number: EJ1035883
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
Mingles in the Foreign Language Classroom
Borzova, Elena
English Teaching Forum, v52 n2 p20-27 2014
Switching conversational partners in the English as a foreign language (EFL) classroom has long been an effective way to involve students actively in communicative interactions and increase their talking time. This article describes a "mingle" as an activity where a student approaches a classmate, talks for a while, and then moves on to speak to another classmate. The distinctive features of a mingle activity are that all the students work simultaneously, in pairs or small groups, and switch from one classmate to another while speaking, listening, and taking notes. Face-to-face interaction with at least a few other students is the principal goal. Mingles are similar to real-life situations in which the same information is sought from different people in order to find something out or to share the same story. With mingles, the teacher is guided by the need to (1) avoid monotony of the lesson flow; (2) provide ample practice for every student; and (3) prepare students properly for a more challenging activity. The article describes three types of mingle tasks available for the ESL teacher that can create numerous opportunities for students to try out varied activities for themselves, thereby recycling, refining, and expanding the students' personal experiences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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