Hey, friends. Let me ask you a question. How do you consider yourself as an English teacher? Are you the teacher who talks most of the time or one teacher who lets students do more of the talking?
So what if we teachers talk a lot? What's wrong with that? After all we are knowledgeable, credible, and persons of authority. On the other hand, what good does it bring if students do most of the talking?
As an English teacher, when I teach, I see to it that my students do more of the talking in class rather than I doing it because I am already good in the language. I don't need practice to the expense of my students. The students need it very much. I serve only as a facilitator and a model in pronouncing and reading. But after that, the students can do the talking.
Students need more practice in speaking for most of them don't have enough stimulating conditions to practice the language at home.
What happens if the teacher does a lot of talking in the classroom? Well, I thought of these ideas:
1. The lesson is teacher centered.
2. The teacher gets tired easily especially when he/she has a lot of classes to teach in a day.
3. Students have fewer opportunities to practice speaking.
4. Students won't easily understand the activities for teachers' instructions are elaborative.
5. The learners are passive.
On the other hand, what good things does minimal teacher talk bring?
1. The teacher has more chances of monitoring students' performance.
2. The teacher is less stressed.
3. Students are actively involved in the lesson.
4. Good teaching practice is reflected.
6. More student participation.
What kinds of activities give students more opportunities to speak a lot?
1.Pair Groups (Dyads) - Students work in pairs. With the given tasks, worksheets, or situations, two students converse with one another to achieve the teacher's purpose.
2. Group Work - The class is broken into smaller groups. Each group does the assigned task while the teacher moves around to see what group needs assistance.
3.Storytelling - After the story has been told, assessed, and enriched, it's the students turn to tell the story in their own language in their own understanding.
4.Simulation Activities - With a certain topic, students actually execute the lesson as if it was real. For instance: Simulating a patient consulting the doctor because of an illness, etc.
5.Language Games - Not merely fun games but games about the lesson that involve language where students can acquire and practice English as they listen and speak. Games like, "Did you see my cow?" Who will run? Etc.
6.Free Conversation - The teacher starts the conversation about what they did on weekends, holidays, or experiences about a recent happening and students share their ideas about the topic.
7.Students acting as teachers - The teacher will relinquish his/her task and lets the good students do the facilitation of some activities in the lesson like flashing cards, pointing to materials to be read by the classmates, scoring, or judging.
Yes, let our students do most of the talking in class by providing a lot of opportunities for real talking. "Learning how to swim is actually swimming in the pool and not reading, listening, or writing about swimming."