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 […]

Tips on how to use it, so you don’t lose it

I’ve been a learner of several second languages over the years, and I think I can speak from experience that the term ‘use it or lose it!’ rings true. Language attrition has had some focus in the field of Second Language Acquisition for a few decades, and theories abound about what it is, how it occurs, and why it occurs. […]

‘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 […]