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ERIC Number: EJ1156492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
Speed Pairs, a Spoken Exercise
Kishi, Adrienne
English Teaching Forum, v55 n3 p30-34 2017
While written exercises may serve students adequately on tests, the structures they emphasize can remain elusive or difficult for students to master in conversation. Students tend to interpret their difficulty in applying what they have learned as a lack of language ability, and they can quickly lose confidence when speaking. Producing a target structure on paper is different from using it naturally in conversation. The problem, therefore, is not that students are unable to apply what they have learned. The problem is that they are expected to apply what they learned in one context to another context--in some cases, without sufficient oral fluency practice. This article introduces a technique called "Speed Pairs" that can increase student proficiency in confidence in applying target-language structures in conversational contexts. By reinforcing target-language structures in a spoken context, Speed Pairs can help students use them accurately and fluently during conversation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan
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