Human Sentences

‘Human Sentences’ is a sentence scramble activity which involves collaboration with the whole class, or a whole group. This activity works well with young and/or beginner learners, although it could work with older and intermediate students when introducing new grammar structures. I’ve had particular success using this strategy with young beginner learners of Japanese (as per my example photos), who […]

Poster presentations for building opportunities for ‘unplanned’ speaking

In an oral communication class, it is always at the forefront of my mind how to maximise students’ speaking time. This is a challenge in my current role because I have limited time with my students each week, and often have large classes (more than 50 at times). There are also challenges because many of my students […]

‘Speed chat’ for communicative competence

What is ‘speed chat’? One of the main principles of communicative language teaching is giving students opportunities  to speak in the target language. This can be difficult in large classes, and it can also be a challenge for students with limited language skills. An easy to implement strategy that works well across languages, sectors, topics and ability […]