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ERIC Number: EJ950454
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0951-0893
Improving Teacher Talk through a Task-Based Approach
Moser, Jason; Harris, Justin; Carle, John
ELT Journal, v66 n1 p81-88 Jan 2012
This article reports on a teacher-talk training course for Japanese primary school teachers, who are preparing to teach "communicative English" for the first time. The article argues that teacher-talk training is important for communicative classes with young students because most of the input and interaction is by default teacher centred. In our course, through a task-based approach including the use of digital recorders for self-transcribing, teachers were able to practise providing rich comprehensible input as well as scaffolding in English through role-playing classroom tasks. The before and after performances of two teachers doing a listen-and-draw task is analysed to demonstrate the importance of training in teacher talk. In concluding the article, we review the participants' survey feedback for the course. Our hope is that the article provides a convincing argument for teacher-talk training as well as offering a model for similar courses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan
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