Background music for speaking activities

Background music sits in the background and isn’t paid much attention to. However, over the course of two years I have begun to realise the important role that background music can play in my communication classes, particularly as I try to build a supportive classroom environment where students feel comfortable enough to take risks. My use of background […]

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 […]

I choose you!

This post is about the practicalities of getting all students in your class to participate. There are some ideological arguments around ‘forcing’ students to speak in class. The argument about whether introverted students should be made to speak in class was debated some time ago on our Facebook page. We’ll leave that debate for now, but […]